The most avid bikers in the region ride year-round but May marks the official start of bicycling season for most. A calendar of events shows why.
Slow Roll Buffalo: The fifth year of free, inclusive, Monday evening community bike rides starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hostel Buffalo-Niagara, 667 Main St., and continues every week through October. The roughly 10-mile rides end where they started, with an after-party that includes food, drinks, music and fellowship. The first three rides of the season focus on neighborhoods affected by Buffalo's "Freeways Without Futures" — the Kensington and Scajaquada — as designated by the Congress for the New Urbanism. Slow Roll also has branched out to other communities at other times on other days. See a complete schedule for the season at slowrollbuffalo.org.
Pop-Up Project: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Innovation Center, 640 Ellicott St. Volunteers are welcome to paint crosswalks and bump-outs and help with other improvements that will improve access and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Bike to School Day: Dozens of schools across the city encourage parents to ride with their children to school on Wednesday.
Bike Breakfast: Hostel Buffalo-Niagara, 667 Main St., will host free breakfast for bike commuters from 7:30 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday in May to celebrate spring, bike riding and National Bike Month.
Slow Roll Bike Stampede: Fun starts at noon, ride at 2 p.m. next Saturday, African Heritage Food Co-op, 2616 Highland Ave., Niagara Falls. Ride your bike and provide input for the city’s bicycle master plan.
Sunday Funday x CycloFemme: 8 a.m. May 12, Campus Wheel Works, 744 Elmwood Ave. Those identifying as femme/trans/women and non-binary are welcome on this casual ride of just under 15 miles. Bike rentals are available, waivers and helmets mandatory. For more info, visit the Summer Rides tab at campuscyclingcollective.com.
Ride to Work with Reddy Bikeshare: Join Reddy Bikeshare at its Elmwood and Bidwell station for a bike train downtown at 8:30 am. May 13. Free juices from Ashker's for all participants and you'll be eligible for free SkyRide tickets when you join. For more info, visit reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com.
Slow Roll Buffalo: 6:30 p.m. May 13, Buffalo Museum of Science,1020 Humboldt Parkway.
Reddy for a Remedy Bike Breakfast: 7:30 to 9:30 am May 14, Remedy House, 429 Rhode Island St., where complimentary continental breakfast and coffee will be offered during the second day of National Bike to Work Week.
Ride to Hostel Bike Breakfast with Reddy Bikeshare: Meet at the Elmwood-Bidwell bikeshare station for a group ride at 8 a.m. May 15 to the Hostel Buffalo-Niagara bike breakfast.
Bike to Work Day at the BNMC: Join Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. for its annual bike breakfast for cyclists, 7 a.m. May 17, 854 Ellicott St.
SkyRide 2019: 9 a.m. May 19, Lasalle Park, Amvets Drive. Sixth annual signature GObike fundraising ride exploring the past, present and future of Buffalo’s roadways through a ride of legacy highways that include the Skyway, and Scajaquada and Kensington expressways, built atop the region’s Olmsted Parks System, Scajaquada Creek and waterfront. New this year, child riders age 10 and up are welcome on all routes with an accompanying adult. Kids under 10 will also be allowed if harnessed by an adult in child seat or trailer. For rates on three routes and more info, visit skyridebuffalo.org.
Slow Roll: 6:30 p.m. May 20 from the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court.
Blue Bike season opens: Adult, child and six-seater bikes, along with helmets and bike locks, are available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., depending on the weather, from May 23 to Sept. 2. Bike rentals are $5 per hour or $15 per day; with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York members getting their first hour free. Kids bike rentals are $10 an hour; BCBSWNY get $5 off rental.
Buffalo Marathon Peddle Party: Special Slow Roll starts at 7 p.m. May 24, Landmark on Pearl, 318 Pearl St.
East Side Bike Club: This season’s inaugural ride starts at 11:30 a.m. May 25 in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Fillmore Avenue at Best Street. For more info, visit facebook.com/esbcbuffalo.
Slow Roll: 6:30 p.m. May 27, Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park,1 Naval Park Cove.
Pride Ride: 6:30 p.m. May 29, Community Beer Works, 520 7th St.
Reddy Bikeshare: Available daily in locations across the city throughout the traditional biking season. Bikes available for visitors and city residents to rent using a smartphone app, starting at $3 for a two-day pass, plus 10 cents a minute. Group and annual rates also available. Learn more at reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com.
For more information on bike rides and related events throughout the year, visit the events tab at gobikebuffalo.org.