Happy Monday, Slow Rollers, another sunny summer forecast for tonight’s free and inclusive Bailey-Walden Ride!

Thanks to East Side Bike Club founder George Johnson and ever-enthusiastic Buffalo Police Officer Mike “Turn n Burn” Eason for requesting Slow Roll to setup shop at East Side staple Ms. Goodies (1836 Bailey Avenue), an anchor diner for the corner of Bailey and Walden perhaps most famous for their perennial Taste of Buffalo winning “junkyard dog.”

Tonight’s 10-mile roundtrip route includes four inclines between neighborhoods Emerson, Lovejoy, Kaisertown, Babcock, Emslie, Johnson & Moselle along major streets Bailey, William, Ogden, Clinton, Sycamore & Walden, guided by our trained squad of more than 100 volunteers. Two “mass-up” stops allow for regrouping while community leaders inform riders of history, events and issues in the immediate area, with the African Heritage Food Co-op Kiddie Kickstand crew selling drinks and snacks for one dollar cash.

Reminder that we’re holding another school supplies donation drive for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, whose headquarters we’ll ride by tonight.

We’ll return to Bailey and Walden for an outdoor afterparty with fellowship, food from Ms. Goodies and more; drinks from Big Ditch and Flying Bison Brewing, Chateau Buffalo, Golden Cup Coffee, Libby’s Lemonade and The Blend, along with gelato and sorbet from Sweet Melody’s; and music from DJ Papa Trini.

For those driving in cars to our bike ride: please respect the neighborhood by refraining from parking on residential streets – park at Tops Friendly Market at 1770 Broadway, thanks to friendly store manager Steve. Ring the register while you’re there!

All riders be sure to check your ABCs – Air-Brakes-Chain – and see our SAG crew (Support and Gear) for any pre-ride basic maintenance.

See below for the Slow Roll Code of Conduct and a pre-ride checklist, get on your bikes and join us!