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Slow Roll Buffalo proposes bike rides at a safe social distance

Slow Roll Buffalo, which has postponed its Monday evening bicycle tours due to COVID-19, suggested a plan Wednesday for riding at a safe social distance.

“Slow Roll is helping fill the void in communal gathering by posting the routes of our 2016 rides from five Buffalo parks and encouraging the public to ride individually for the benefit of our collective mental and physical health,” the ride’s co-founder, Seamus Gallivan, said in a press release.

The routes are available online at

He added that Slow Roll Squad members plan to do livestreaming of their solo rides, pointing out places of interest. He invited riders to enter posts about their rides on Slow Roll Buffalo’s open Facebook group.

Gallivan noted that Slow Roll Buffalo is not certain that it will be able to launch its sixth season of community bike rides in May.

He added that a party April 6 at the Broadway Market to announce the routes has been postponed.

At a Wednesday evening press conference, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz shot down the idea of a Slow Roll.

"That has got to be canceled," he said. "We can't have a Slow Roll, with 1,000 people mass gathering and riding around the City of Buffalo. I know you'd like to see that. But we can't have a mass gathering like that. That's exactly how you're going to share COVID-19."

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