Happy Monday, Slow Rollers, wishing everyone safety and solidarity during this stressful and uncertain state. We have released five more 10-mile routes rooted in Buffalo parks for our series of Social Distance Rides, continuing to encourage the public to maintain mental and physical health while practicing safe social distancing as demanded by the current public health crisis. 

Now available at www.slowrollbuffalo.org/socialdistancerides are routes from the History Museum in Delaware Park, Naval Park, Niagara Square, Riverfest Park and South Park, adding to five already posted from Olmsted Parks Cazenovia, Delaware, Front, MLK and Riverside. Slow Roll’s Social Distance Rides are endorsed by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and supported by Independent Health.

Further, in keeping with our mission to connect communities, our ongoing series of YouTube videos showing scenes from routes set to songs by Buffalo musicians will continue to spotlight rapid-response helpers along the way, such as a new collaboration between Slow Roll, GObike Buffalo, Queen City Couriers, PUSH Buffalo and Seeding Resilience to distribute food to homebound city residents in need through volunteer bike couriers. 

“In terms of Slow Roll’s mission to connect communities by bike, our season has essentially started early,” said Slow Roll Buffalo cofounder Seamus Gallivan. “We’re reminding folks that a bike ride – at the safe social distance of at least six feet – is a great way to maintain mental and physical health, while highlighting helpers in ways that encourage others to help or ask for help if needed.”

While our sixth season of 26 straight free and inclusive community bike rides is scheduled to run again from May through October, plans for the start of our season are uncertain, and our April 6th Schedule Reveal Party at the Broadway Market is postponed. We will continue to follow the lead of public health professionals and announce changes as needed here.