Thanks to all who made our Best Ride a breeze, especially all the junior riders and new volunteer squad members! And so, we grow…

…for the second straight year, we rolled in peak summer from the peak of the city, Masten Park, a prime sunset-watching spot which served our afterparty well. From Best Street to Walden and down recently-paved Miller, we rolled over Broadway and stopped on Person Street, where Miller-Empire Block Club President Mark Baker explained how their civic engagement has helped with street improvements, including using the Department of Citizen Services’ 311 system to report road hazards, which our squad does weekly along each route resulting in better streets not only for the ride but more importantly for the residents. From road hazards including potholes and debris to dangerous sidewalks and missing street signs, we encourage everyone to use 311.

Our squad is so responsible that not only do we report missing street signs, but we also resist the temptation to steal signs that share our names…

…from Person Street onto Broadway and Memorial, we rolled past the Central Terminal – our squad is no skeleton crew, but this is…

…we arrived at our second stop at Lewis and William after riding nearly the entirety of Howard Street, past the new Normel Paintball grounds that will host a cool upcoming event detailed by guest speaker and local artist Vinny Alejandro of Urban Inspirations, whose body of mural work has grown in recent years to the point that we pass one on almost every ride, including right before this stop.

Video of Vinny: “I brought in street artists and graffiti artists from all over the United States to come do the walls of these buildings.”

Note: Our October 22nd Build Up Buffalo Ride will start and end at Clinton & Weiss Streets, which has led some to ask upon seeing our schedule where and why that is – as for the where, it’s now known for this mural made by Vinny and commissioned by building owner Lisa Menchetti.

We rolled from William to Jefferson for the home stretch, rooted on along the way by residents we hope will roll with us next time – we appreciate all who welcome us and we encourage riders to ring their bells and holler back, as part of our purpose is propelling these passing connections that are missed when we drive by too fast to feel the beat of the street. Special props to the family on Jefferson who had a lemonade stand setup for days and were told there’d be a big wave of potential business coming, and instead of seeking sales the kids lined the curb to high-five riders! Little by little, we’re riding toward a better-connected Buffalo…

…moving onto next Monday, July 22nd – our 12th of 26 free and inclusive Monday night community bike rides brings us back to Colored Musicians Club, the longest continuously operating African-American Musicians Club in the United States, which will host its annual Queen City Jazz Festival on the last Saturday of July. Note the venue change due to construction concerns around the originally-scheduled Broadway Theatre.

This Monday’s 10-mile roundtrip route with two inclines includes stops near Linwood and the Lower West Side; neighborhoods on this route include Coppertown, Allentown, Bryant, downtown and Willert Park along major streets Michigan, Broadway, Franklin, Linwood, Delaware, Tupper and Oak.

Buffalocal afterparty at the Colored Musicians Club will include fellowship; food from Imperial Pizza, Thai Me Up, Ms Judi’s, Sweet Lisa’s and The Ice Cream Jerk; drinks from Buffalocal breweries, Chateau Buffalo wines, Ashker’s Cafe,¬†Snowy Owl Kombucha and Libby’s Lemonade; and music from the George Scott Big Band.

One-time annual ride registration here online or onsite, join us!