This Saturday, September 28th, brings our third annual free and inclusive Lackawanna Bike Stampede, again tied to the annual Arts on Ridge Festival and this year hosted by Winfield’s Pub (1213 Ridge Road, 2pm sharp start).
Presented by Independent Health, our weekend rides are self-supported – meaning no motorcade or mechanic crew – and often longer than Slow Roll Mondays, with this route spanning 16 miles.
Arts on Ridge Fest is a free gathering on Ridge Road offering 70 vendors with fine-art creations, food, wine and cider tastings, live music, kids corner, dance performances by local dance companies, and Chalk It Up! – a community art project where everyone can grab a square, chalk out a piece of a Van Gogh painting but enlarged to over 30 square feet. More info can be found here.
In addition to crossing the festival three times along the route, we’ll highlight the traffic calming work done by our nonprofit GObike Buffalo in partnership with the state’s Creating Healthy Schools and Community Initiative. “A community came together on this project,” explained GObike Community Outreach Director Rebecca Reilly. “It started with a partnership that began in Niagara Falls with the Creating Healthy Communities & Schools Grant. Through that we were able to work with Cornell Cooperative Extension on a colorful crosswalk in front of Niagara Street Elementary, that over the course of a summer turned into five different schools.
“Marla Guarino, of Cornell Cooperative Extension, through her work here in Lackawanna with Councilman John Ingram, the City of Lackawanna engineers – specifically Tony DeSantis, Mount Olive Community Church, Rubberform, and many other people in this very neighborhood who either helped out with the execution of this pop-up, or cheered us on,” added Rebecca.
After our final pass of Arts on Ridge Fest, we’ll return to Winfield’s for an afterparty with food, drinks and fellowship at this fine family-run local staple.
Get on your bikes and join us!