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Slow Roll Buffalo to launch third season May 1

Slow Roll Buffalo will launch its third season on Monday with a ride to and from Niagara Square.

The basic structure of Slow Roll will continue to be the same for the next six months: Free, guided, round-trip bicycle rides will start at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, from various spots in and around Buffalo.

Rides of about 10 miles will be open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Each ride will end with an after-party featuring food, drinks and live entertainment.

New ride host locations this season will include East Parade Avenue on May 8, Massachusetts Avenue Park (May 15), and the Old First Ward (May 22). Popular spots will include the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park on Memorial Day (May 29).

The full schedule will be announced during a preseason party at 5 p.m. April 28 at Flying Bison Brewing Co., 840 Seneca St.

More than 50,000 riders participated in the Slow Rolls during the first two seasons.

[PHOTOS: Smiles on May 23 | Smiles on Aug. 22 | Harry Scull's gallery]

Slow Roll riders make their way up Washington Street from The Buffalo News on May 23, 2016. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)

Slow Roll Buffalo – now formally a part of GObike Buffalo – also will continue to expand its brand this year by presenting more Friday Pedal Parties and Saturday Bike Stampedes, beginning with the Buffalo Marathon Pedal Party at Osteria 166 on May 26, and the Totally Buffalo Bike Stampede at Buffalo RiverWorks on May 27 – both part of a jam-packed schedule of Bike Month events.

Future Friday Pedal Parties will take place in the cities of Tonawanda and Niagara Falls, as well as Clarence and Grand Island.

“Slow Roll serves as an example and extension of Buffalo’s increases in bicycling and Complete Streets infrastructure, while welcoming riders of all kinds to connect with The City of Good Neighbors in new ways,” Slow Roll Buffalo co-founder Seamus Gallivan said in a news release.

“We’re amazed at the bonds we have built to date and excited to expand every aspect of our operation, from our ever-diversifying ridership to our ever-evolving community outreach.”

One-time registration and ride information can be found at slowrollbuffalo.org. To learn more about GObike Buffalo’s work to create healthy, environmentally sustainable, community friendly options in the greater Buffalo region, visit gobikebuffalo.org.

Slow Roll Buffalo runs every Monday evening at a different neighborhood. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)

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