Happiest of Mondays, Slow Rollers, time for our Season Opening Ride! Looks like the lightning might pass in time for our 6:30pm start, hopefully the rain as well – while we’ll cancel for severe weather such as lightning, Slow Roll rides in rain. If we decide to cancel, we’ll post here immediately – otherwise, gear up and c’mon down!

Tonight we meet in Niagara Square for a 10-mile roundtrip ride including major streets South Elmwood, Franklin, Linwood, Delaware, Niagara, Porter, North, Ellicott & Pearl, concluding with an afterparty in the square with food from Flaming Fish, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs and Lloyd Taco Truck; beverages from Flying Bison Brewing Company, Chateau Buffalo and Aunt Connie’s Smoothies in Motion; and live music form Vin DeRosa and Vitamin D.

Tonight’s Reddy Bikeshare Ride Leader is Mayor Byron Brown, who says, “Buffalo’s historic Niagara Square is a great spot to kick off the Slow Roll Buffalo 2017 season opener. In collaboration with GObike Buffalo, we continue to work together to make Buffalo one of the top bike-friendly cities in the nation. Honoring my pledge to add 10 new bike lanes per year in Buffalo, we will be up to 150 new bike lanes citywide by 2018, and closer to our goal of 300 total new bike lanes added in the next ten years.”

The nearest Reddy bike rental station to Niagara Square is right in front of City Hall – visit Reddy Bikeshare’s website for registration and more info.

Tonight’s mass-up speakers are Alex Wright of African Heritage Food Co-op, with which we’re partnering on Kiddie Kick Stands with children selling drinks and fruit at each stop along the ride; and GObike Buffalo director Justin Booth, who’ll discuss advancements in advocacy and infrastructure for bicycling in Buffalo.

Our Street of the Week is Linwood Avenue, a beautiful stretch of big old homes declared in 1978 as the Linwood Historic Preservation District by the City of Buffalo. Linwood also holds Buffalo’s first contraflow bike lanes, which allow two-way traffic for bicyclists only. To facilitate this, bicycle lanes have been striped along both sides of the streets and double yellow lines have been laid to keep the automobile traffic out of the southbound bicycle traffic. Special street lights and signage have been installed to specifically facilitate the bicycle traffic.

All riders be sure to check your ABCs – Air-Brakes-Chain – and hit the Bert’s Bikes and Fitness trailer for any pre-ride basic maintenance, along with Slow Roll & GObike tables offering registration and merchandise.

See below for the Slow Roll Code of Conduct, and get on your bikes!