With more reach than ever, Slow Roll Buffalo is set to start its fourth six-month season of free and inclusive community bike rides every Monday and many weekends from May through October.
The fun begins on May 7th, downtown at the Electric Tower, with an afterparty at Big Ditch Brewing Company. The masses move to neighborhoods from there with two new host venues in the Fruit Belt’s Moot Center on May 14th and West Side Community Services on the 21st, followed by Slow Roll’s return to the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park on Memorial Day, May 28th. Other new host venues include both the Broadway and Varsity Theatres along with the Freedom Wall and Iron Island Museum, while perennial favorites such as the Groove Lounge and Irish Center will again be packed with cyclists excited to see the city at a slow and social pace while supporting the local economy. All May-September Monday rides start at 6:30pm; October rides start at 6pm.
Accommodating all skill levels, every Slow Roll offers a new 10-mile, round-trip route guided by a trained squad of more than 100 volunteers, with two “mass-up” stops during which neighborhood stakeholders educate riders on events, history and issues involving their area, while the “Kiddie Kickstand” crew of young entrepreneurs from the African Heritage Food Co-op sell drinks and snacks. Rides run rain or shine – only lightning or similarly severe weather forces cancellation. All bikes are welcome except for gas-guzzlers and training wheels – free, once-annual registration onsite and at online here.
Each route is prepared months in advance by a route scout team, then canvassed daily in the week before the ride by additional squad members who invite residents and offer traffic alerts while reporting road hazards to the city’s 311 service. Advance invitation and notification includes visits, calls and emails to block clubs, businesses and organizations; new elements of outreach this year include daily features here in our news section as well as Roll Call Radio, offering talk and tunes from Slow Roll to the old school every Thursday from 7-8pm on Power 96.5.
Further, Slow Roll will continue to expand its geographic reach with many Friday Pedal Parties and Saturday Bike Stampedes around and beyond Buffalo, with return trips including Niagara Falls and Clarence along with debut rides from Kenmore and Eden, plus charity-driven rides for Roswell Park, Make-a-Wish and Variety. See our schedule section here for the full lineup of free rides.
“We’re excited to roll out our herd on wheels to continue connecting our community,” said Slow Roll Buffalo co-founder Seamus Gallivan. “The bicycle is the best vehicle to bring people together.”
Presented by Independent Health, Slow Roll Buffalo is a program of the nonprofit GObike Buffalo. Founded in Detroit in 2010, Slow Roll has expanded into a global network; the five-year-old Buffalo chapter is by far its largest offshoot.
Slow Roll Buffalo 2018 Monday Schedule
May 7th – Electric Tower
May 14th – Moot Center
May 21st – West Side Community Services
May 28th – Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park
June 4th – Varsity Theatre
June 11th – East Parade Circle
June 18th – Brookdale Park
June 25th – Masten Park
July 2nd – Freedom Wall
July 9th – Olivencia Center
July 16th – Niagara Square
July 23rd – Colored Musicians Club
July 30th – Broadway Theatre
August 6th – Mulberry & Carlton
August 13th – Parkside Lodge
August 20th – Ms. Goodie’s
August 27th – Olmsted School at Kensington
September 3rd – Steel Plant Museum
September 10th – Iron Island Museum
September 17th – Irish Center
September 24th – Broadway Market
October 1st – Maritime Center
October 8th – Groove Lounge
October 15th – Community Beer Works
October 22nd – Ukrainian Civic Center
October 29th – Flying Bison Brewing Company
Slow Roll Buffalo’s 2018 Weekend Ride Schedule
May 19th – Dr. Wright’s Bike Stampede
May 25th – Buffalo Marathon Pedal Party
June 1st – Ken-Ton Pedal Party
June 15th – Tonawanda Pedal Party
June 23rd – RosRoll (The Ride for Roswell)
June 29th – Eden Pedal Party
July 6th – Clarence Pedal Party
July 14th – Niagara Falls Bike Stampede
July 28th – Ride for Charity (Make-a-Wish)
August 11th – Variety Ride
August 18th – North Tonawanda Bike Stampede
August 25th – Clarence Pedal Party – September 22nd – Clarence Bike Stampede
September 29th – Lackawanna Bike Stampede
October 6th – Maritime Fest Bike Stampede