Battle Creek enjoys a rich and long lasting relationship with the bicycling community. Being the oldest bicycle club in Michigan, the Battle Creek Cycle Club - as it was then known - boasted of having over 800 members in 1895 alone. They hosted a wide variety of races and events, attracting professional racers from as far away as San Francisco. They also raised money for, and established bike paths throughout the county that, with the advent of the automobile, roads were constructed over the path routes, thus obliterating the cycle club's early work.