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Slow Roll Buffalo schedule includes May rides along the Kensington, Scajaquada

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.”

Slow Roll Buffalo, a program of GObike Buffalo, announced the slate of rides for its fifth season during a Monday night party at the Broadway Market, which will host a ride on Oct. 7.

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.”

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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.

GObike Buffalo will host its annual SkyRide on May 19. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)

Below is the schedule unveiled this week. Visit slowrollbuffalo.org for more information and to sign a waiver to ride.

Mondays

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

Weekends

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)

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