Organizers of the top community bike rides in the region rolled out a lineup of more than 40 free events that start May 6 at Hostel Buffalo-Niagara and finish Oct. 19 with a Kerns Avenue “Slow Bowl.”
Most rides – which run 10 to 12 miles in length – will take place on Monday nights, though weekend Pedal Parties and other special rides also are sprinkled into the mix.
The family friendly rolls, presented by Independent Health, are open to riders of all skill levels and designed to knit communities more closely across Buffalo-Niagara.
Rides start and end at the same point, which this year include parks, museums, community centers and craft breweries.
“GObike Buffalo is pleased to include Slow Roll Buffalo as one of our many initiatives to connect and empower communities through advocacy, education, planning, and engagement,” Justin Booth, executive director for GObike Buffalo, said in a news release. “Slow Roll Buffalo continues to be a vehicle for community connection and engagement, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Twenty-six Monday night rides focus on Buffalo neighborhoods and landmarks. They will include a Restore Our Community Ride along the Kensington Expressway on May 13 and Parkway Revival Ride along the Scajaquada on May 20. The national Congress for the New Urbanism last week included both expressways on its “Freeways Without Futures” list.
GObike Buffalo’s sixth annual SkyRide, a fundraiser for the nonprofit, will take place May 19 on a route that includes the Skyway and both expressways (visit skyridebuffalo.org to register).
Clarence, Eden, Grand Island and the Tonawandas will be among suburban communities that host related rides this biking season. A Niagara Falls Bike Stampede, hosted by the African Heritage Food Co-op, will be held on May 11 to encourage participation in GObike Buffalo-led Niagara Falls Bicycle Master Plan.
Ten new host sites also will be part of the new season, including Walden and Broderick parks. Returning favorites will include the Richardson Olmsted Campus, Silo City the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.
Monday night rides early in the season generally start at 6:30 p.m.; they transition to 6 p.m. as daylight starts to dwindle in the fall. Weekend times vary. All riders are encouraged to wear helmets and those under 14 are required by state law to wear them.
Below is the schedule unveiled this week. Visit slowrollbuffalo.org for more information and to sign a waiver to ride.
May 6: Hostel Buffalo-Niagara
May 13: Museum of Science
May 20: History Museum
May 27: Naval Park
June 3: Walden Park
June 10: Brookdale Park
June 17: MLK Park
June 24: Broderick Park
July 1: Freedom Wall
July 8: Frederick Douglass Community Center
July 15: Masten Park
July 22: Broadway Theatre
July 29: Silo City
Aug. 5: Carlton and Locust streets
Aug. 12: Richardson Olmsted Campus
Aug. 19: Cazenovia Park
Aug. 26: Downtown Library
Sept. 2: Big Ditch Brewing Company
Sept. 9: Maritime Center
Sept. 16: Niagara Frontier Food Terminal
Sept. 23: Restore Our Community Coalition
Sept. 30: Shoshone Park
Oct. 7: Broadway Market
Oct. 14: Resurgence Brewing
Oct. 21: Clinton and Weiss streets
Oct. 28: Community Beer Works
May 11: Niagara Falls Bike Stampede
May 19: SkyRide
May 24: Buffalo Marathon Pedal Party
May 29: Pride Ride
June 1: Lydia T. Wright Bike Stampede
June 7: Ken-Ton Pedal Party
June 14: Clarence Pedal Party
June 22: Ride for Roswell
June 28: Eden Pedal Party
July 5: Ride for Freedom
July 12: Clarence Pedal Party
July 27: Grand Island Bike Stampede
Aug. 11: Fire & Ice Cream Sunday Ride
Aug. 25: Beau Fleuve Fest Bike Stampede
Aug. 31: North Tonawanda Bike Stampede
Sept. 14: Buffalo Maritime Fest Bike Stampede
Sept. 28: Lackawanna Bike Stampede
Oct. 12: Snyder Bike Stampede
Oct. 19: Kerns Avenue Slow Bowl (starts and finishes at the Kerns Avenue Bowling Center)