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Queen City Bike Ferry takes ceremonial trial run from Canalside

Queen City Bike Ferry took a ceremonial first voyage Monday morning between Canalside and the Outer Harbor. The service will begin for the general public on Monday.

The ferry will take bicyclists and pedestrians the short distance between Canalside’s Commercial Slip and First Buffalo River Marina, where they can then walk and bike to Outer Harbor destinations like the Buffalo Lighthouse, Times Beach Nature Preserve and Wilkeson Pointe, the 21-acre park next to Times Beach. Rides cost $1 each way.

The 50-foot-long, 14-foot-wide ferry was built in Florida over the winter and brought recently to its new home in Buffalo. It can carry 49 passengers, or roughly two dozen people and their bikes.

Hours of operation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The state-funded ferry project is designed to extend the entire Canalside experience for its thousands of visitors. The bike ferry is operated by Rich Hilliman, who also has two tour boat operations on the waterfront.