This coming Friday, June 7th, brings our second annual free and inclusive Ken-Ton Pedal Party, spurred by a group of engaged citizens and supported by Handlebars Cycle Company, a Ken-Ton staple since 1971, along with C&S Companies. We’ll meet again at Caputi’s Sheridan Pub (2351 Sheridan Drive, 7pm start) for a 12-mile ride followed by an afterparty with fellowship, food and drinks.

Presented by Independent Health, our weekend rides are often slightly faster and longer than Slow Roll Mondays; also unlike Mondays, this ride will include brief stretches on trails, in recognition of the Tonawanda Rails to Trails Phase I project receiving the American Council of Engineering Companies Platinum award for engineering excellence at the state level.

To learn more about that and get ready for our return to Ken-Ton, read below from Town of Tonawanda Engineer Jim Jones.

What’s new since last year on the path to a more walkable and bikeable Ken-Ton?

The town was successful in receiving the grant for the Parker Boulevard Complete Street Initiative between Englewood and Sheridan which includes mini roundabouts, bike lanes, curb extensions and ADA curb ramp replacements. We also completed the 1.5 mile loop trail around Lincoln Park. We are also working with Erie County to modify Englewood Avenue to include bicycle lanes between Kenmore Avenue and Highland Parkway.

What inspires you personally to do this work?

In my 30 + year career as a civil engineer, the foundations of traffic engineering have significantly shifted focus from designing streets strictly for automobiles to being more inclusive for all legal users of the public space commonly referred to as the right-of-way. I strongly believe this shift is essential when revitalizing infrastructure.

How do you envision this Pedal Party advancing that work?

Getting our residents on bicycles on our streets is one of the most important aspects of public education and awareness we can bring to help sensitize people of mixed-mode transportation.

What should participants expect at the Ken-Ton Pedal Party?

75 degrees and sunny, the Lincoln Park rain gardens in bloom, seeing old friends and making new friends. Oh, and maybe burning a few hundred calories.