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A global network of community rides originally started in Detroit, Slow Roll is a free and inclusive Monday night bike ride that is open to all ages and skill levels. Organized locally by the non profit volunteers at Wheel B. Herd and presented by Independent Health, Slow Roll Buffalo has become one of the largest community bike rides in the world.

Slow Roll Richardson by Clay Davies

Guided by a volunteer squad of more than 100 trained cyclists, each Slow Roll is around 10 miles round-trip, with at least two stops aka “mass-ups” to get everyone back together while learning from community stakeholders in the immediate area about current events and issues. All bikes are welcome except for gas-guzzlers and training wheels – participants range in age from 4-96. Every ride returns for an after-party with food, drinks, music and fellowship.

The front of the ride sets a slow pace of 8-10MPH for juniors and joyriders; the paces gets faster toward the back of the pack, as the mass of cyclists stretches out and catches up like an accordion.

Slow Roll Abby mass-up by Clay Davies

Yes! It’s a community event to connect people across borders – the bike is just the vehicle for an inclusive and ongoing conversation about our city.

Slow Roll Buffalo is free and always will be free and inclusive for all. See our Schedule page for upcoming ride dates and locations. You can also join our Facebook Group, or follow us on Instagram or Twitter get updated ride info.

Yes. Slow Roll Buffalo is a New York State registered 501c3 and IRS charitable organization, all donations are tax deductible. We are a nimble operation run by an all volunteer Board of Directors, supported by our 100 volunteer-strong SQUAD.

Slow Roll Buffalo is free and always will be! One-time annual registration can be done online, here.

Slow Roll East Side Bike Club and Bobby crew

Just a working bike and a good attitude, it is also best to come prepared with a helmet, extra tube, lights and water.

In New York State, all bicyclists under the age of 14 years old are required to wear safety certified bicycle helmets when they are operators or passengers on bicycles (Sec. 1238(5)).

Slow Roll Buffalo urges those who drive to our bicycling event to avoid parking on residential streets. In consideration of residents, this request is the primary purpose for offering weekly parking tips in our news section.

Slow Roll Buffalo posts the upcoming Monday’s major streets and neighborhoods along each upcoming route in our news section, social media, and to local media, while conducting many forms of advance notification along each route including daily outreach rides; road signs; flyers; calls and emails to block clubs, businesses and community organizations; posts to the NextDoor app and more.

Slow Roll is not a race with a constantly-controlled route; it’s a community event for which bikes are the vehicle, therefore we stress that participants join at the start/end location rather than create chaos by coming in and out at whichever intersection is most convenient to them. We stop the ride for buses and emergency vehicles, and occasionally to relieve traffic.

We’re volunteer-run!! Go here to fill out the Squad Application

Slow Roll Buffalo originally operated without a police motorcade, and perfectly maintained safety in the process. As our ridership was growing from a couple hundred people on our first ride to the thousands we now average, The City of Buffalo urged us to file for a motorcade permit to help maintain safety. We cooperate with the city in the spirit of community-wide collaboration.

With Buffalo being America’s third-poorest and sixth-most segregated city yet rapidly gentrifying, we understand it’s possible for people to participate in Slow Roll with unjust intentions – this is a downside of being free and open to all, which again, we will remain. We believe in the power of gathering in person and by bike to connect communities and support local economy.

Slow Roll has always been about more than just riding bikes – it’s a vehicle for connection, albeit an inherently confrontational one as we take over the road for 90 minutes a week. We realize that confronting underlying social issues that affect our neighbors and neighborhoods makes some uncomfortable, and we feel such acknowledgement and discomfort is a step toward understanding and connecting. Some might choose to cover their ears, or worse, stop riding with us or dismiss us as part of the problem before even participating; we’re always eager to meet with anyone interested in a constructive conversation about serving the greater good through Slow Roll – please feel free to email us here, or even better, get on your bike and ride with us.

More about this issue here – https://slowrollbuffalo.org/2017/10/11/slow-roll-gentrification-in-buffalo/

There are countless ways to contribute to Slow Roll Buffalo – apply to join our volunteer squad; donate to help keep our rides free; email us to collaborate with your block club, business or community organization.

Slow Roll is and will always be open to everyone!

Slow Roll is trademarked by the founders in Detroit – Slow Rolls in other cities such as Buffalo, Cleveland and Chicago were founded with their invitation. Slow Roll Buffalo organizes many rides outside of the city – Friday Pedal Parties, Saturday Bike Stampedes and more – all inquiries welcome by email.

Learn more about the worldwide Slow Roll movement at www.slowroll.bike.

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