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Paul Konopczynski and his family fell for biking four years ago while taking a 28-mile ride from their home on Grand Island to Canalside and back. Buffalo Slow Rolls followed, as did trips across the region and into Canada. Soon, some of his hockey buddies – weathered from playing the sport in their 20s, 30s and 40s – turned to the less rugged but still healthy pursuit, as…

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Marc Moscato biked Buffalo before it was cool. “Before I left about 16 years ago, I had been involved with bike advocacy and it seemed like it was really dangerous to ride your bike,” he said. “I remember biking and people screaming [slurs] at me just because I'm riding my bicycle. Sometimes it still happens, but to move back and to see things like Reddy Bikeshare, Slow…

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Leading groups in the regional bicycling community will debut a short film, "Buffalo by Bike," at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Community Beer Works, 520 7th St., on the West Side. “It's a little six-minute film which was funded through the I Love New York program to really highlight Buffalo and bicycle tourism opportunities in the city,” said Justin Booth, executive director of …

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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…

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The Clarence Hollow Farmers Market is the lone seasonal market in the state set up along a Rails to Trails bike and pedestrian path. It makes sense to Melany Arrison that it also should be the first in the region to feature a weekly bicycle ride. The Clarence resident – who often can be seen around town on a bike – has put out a call for ride leaders and ambassadors …

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GObike Buffalo has received grant to develop and implement a more bicycle-friendly Niagara Falls. The $82,615 grant – from the Oath's Yahoo Community Fund for Niagara County–Empire State Development — will help carry out a comprehensive Complete Streets policy the Falls City Council approved earlier this year. Buffalo boasts a similar policy, which outlines a commitm…

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The Erie, Pa., Sports Commission announced it will add two new rides – Good Morning Star Shine Ride and Oscar the Grouch’s Gravel Grinder – to its second annual Lake Erie Cyclefest, which will run in conjunction with the Erie Blues & Jazz Festival on Aug. 2-5. Rhythm and Ride Weekend will feature six total cycling events. Proceeds from Cyclefest will benefit EmergyC…

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GObike Buffalo announced Thursday that its fifth annual Skyride will include routes to celebrate past and future bicycling in the region. The ride will take place the morning of May 20 and include a pedal over the 110-foot-high Skyway and on parts of the Kensington and Scajaquada expressways. It also will include portions of Niagara Street, future home to the city’s fir…

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The number of riders using Reddy bikeshare nearly tripled last year, according Shared Mobility Inc., the parent corporation of the Buffalo bikesharing service, and its partner, Independent Health. “While the numbers from 2016 don’t reflect a full season, we are still incredibly excited about the interest and participation during the past year,” said Jennifer White, mark…

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Reddy Bike is offering a promotion through the rest of the biking season, which ends in November. Memberships are half price. The special is in honor of the bikes' one-year anniversary. Online at reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com, use the promo code BUFFALOBYBIKE2017, and you will receive a 50 percent discount. Portland, Ore., is also celebrating a one-year annive…

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We're past the halfway point of the Buffalo Infringement Festival now, with no signs of any slowdown in sight. Today's schedule, with  more than 30 separate events and group shows, is a case in point. I've waded through it and pulled out five suggestions, but do take a look at the full schedule as well. 1) Ornithologist's Delight, noon to 2:30 p.m., Ol' Wondermoth Co-op H…