Happy Monday, Slow Rollers – bright sunshiney day for our free and inclusive Season-Opening Ride!
Tonight we debut at Hostel Buffalo-Niagara (667 Main Street, 6:30pm sharp start), the nonprofit “grassroots phenomenon” beloved by bicyclists worldwide for its hospitality, including pay-what-you-feel Bike Breakfasts every Wednesday in May and the new host of Buffalo Bike Tours.
Host profile – Hostel Buffalo-Niagara
Come early for a pre-ride giveaway from our presenting partner Independent Health, as they offer with every first Monday ride – this season’s giveaways will begin again with front and rear bike lights, while supplies last.
Tonight’s 10-mile roundtrip ride includes neighborhoods downtown, Fruit Belt, Kingsley, Willert Park and Masten Park along major roads Main, Tupper, Washington, Broadway, Jefferson, Humboldt and Best, guided by our trained squad of more than 100 volunteers with two “mass-up” stops that allow for regrouping while community leaders inform riders of history, events and issues in the immediate area.
Our two mass-up speakers will be Fruit Belt Advisory Council President Dennice Barr and University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies Director Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, as we focus our first three rides on the streets around Buffalo’s “Freeways Without Futures” – Kensington and Scajaquada – as designated by the Congress for the New Urbanism and featured on GObike Buffalo‘s upcoming sixth annual SkyRide, a fundraiser bike ride providing riders the opportunity to explore the past, present and future of Buffalo’s roadways through a ride highlighting our legacy highways.
We’ll return to the Hostel for an afterparty with fellowship, food trucks Maria’s Bene Cibo, Totally Edible and Sweet Melody’s; drinks from Big Ditch Brewing Company, Community Beer Works, Chateau Buffalo, Ashker’s Juice Bar and Snowy Owl Kombucha; and music from DJ Cutler.
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!