Reddy Bikeshare has a heavy presence along the route of our free and inclusive Military-Grant Ride this coming Monday, October 22nd, hosted by the Ukrainian American Civic Center (205 Military Road, Black Rock, 6pm sharp start), as we’ll ride through the Elmwood Village and its many Reddy stations. And of course, Elmwood has a heavy presence of bicyclists any given day, led by the director of the Elmwood Village Association and member of GObike Buffalo’s board of directors, Ashley Smith, who in addition to cofounding Buffalo Bike Party is also the organizer of Buffalo Porchfest and an organizing member of Code for Buffalo.
The nearest Reddy Bikeshare station to the Ukrainian American Civic Center is the newest station, 492 Amherst Street – see full station map here.
Since I’ve been car-free for about 9 years, biking has become so much more than an activity or even choice mode of transportation – it’s become a core component of my lifestyle and social networks. Over the past decade, and through my participation in the city’s cycling culture, I’ve also seen the City of Buffalo grow more bike-friendly due partly to the work of GObike. Out of support for a greener, more bike-friendly, and equitable city, I decided to join the GoBike board and be a part of the organization’s future.
In my role as director of the Elmwood Village Association, being a full-time cyclist has afforded me a deeper awareness of the community I serve. I love taking different routes through the neighborhood on my way to and from the office and getting to say my “good mornings” and “hellos” to neighbors as I pass. It’s also been exciting to work as a community partner with Reddy Bikeshare to promote cycling and provide additional transportation options to those accessing the Elmwood Strip. The more transportation options Buffalonians have, the better.
For the Slow Rollers coming through the Elmwood Village this week, I’d point out the stellar anchor institutions on our norther border–Hotel Henry at the Richardson Olmsted Complex, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, the Albright Knox Art Gallery and Delaware Park, hidden gems like the Frank Lloyd Wright house (private residence) at Lincoln and Bird Ave, and the “Birds Excited into Flight” sculpture on Bidwell Parkway, and my personal favorite place to sit and think – Colonial Circle.
Also of note: Buffalo Bike Party, a social ride now in its fourth year, kicks off monthly where Bidwell Parkway and Colonial Circle meet.