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Downtown Kalamazoo gets bike friendlier
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March 21, 2012, Kalamazoo, MI: Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. announces the availability of bike storage units as a service to bicyclists. 

"The purpose of the bike lockers is to encourage a more sustainable and 'green' form of transportation by attracting bicyclists who live outside of the Downtown Development Authority boundary, and might otherwise commute downtown via bike as opposed to vehicle,"  said Brian Persky, Coordinator of Planning and Development for Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated (DKI).

Bike lockers are currently available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The assigned locker is to be used only for the purpose of storing a bicycle, bicycle accessories and/or equipment.

Rental rates* for these units are as follows:

  • Monthly/$10
  • Seasonal (April 1 - October 31)/$50
  • Yearly/$100          

  *All rentals include a $50 refundable key deposit.

Currently, there are four lockers, located at: (See BIKE LOCKER MAP)

  • Transportation Center (Kalamazoo Avenue)
  • Water Street Lot #9 (Water Street)
  • Arcadia Ramp (Eleanor Street)
  • Epic Ramp (corner of John and Lovell Streets)


1.     Contact Central City Parking at (269) 342-6383 to find out if a bike locker is available. If there is no bike locker available, names will be placed on a  waiting list for the next available bike locker.

2.     Complete the Bike Locker Application & Rental Agreement at the Central City Parking office, located at 320 N. Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49007.

3.     Keys and locker assignments will be given when payment is received.

When the key is returned, your deposit will be refunded. If the key is lost, the deposit is forfeited and a new key deposit is required. Rental fees are not reimbursable.

Rental fees for renewals are due 30 days before the anniversary date. Make sure your contact information, including phone numbers, e-mails, and address are always current. Call (269) 342-6383 if your information changes.


 As part of the continued efforts to supporting transportation initiatives identified through the 2009 Downtown Kalamazoo Comprehensive Plan, the following improvements have been made within the DDA:

  • Two indoor, covered bike racks, located inside the Kalamazoo Mall Ramp, at the South Street entrance and inside the Arcadia Ramp, off of Eleanor. 
  • Covered outdoor rack, courtyard of Kalamazoo Valley Community College. 
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