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/