Breaking Barriers Ride

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We return to the recently reopened Kerns Avenue Bowling Center for a ride dedicated to Breaking Barriers Youth Leadership Council, “a group of young men of color, 12-24 years in age, creating a unified voice that advocates for racial equity, social justice and policy change. The Council addresses the practices and systems that hold back males of color.

“Through civic leadership training and direct lobbying opportunities, Breaking Barriers participants learn the importance of advocacy and develop their personal and collective leadership skills to be able to influence positive change, strengthening and improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color.”

Our 12-mile route of mostly residential streets in the 14215 zip code where many of these young men live will end at the soon-to-open Zone One Family Entertainment Complex at 30 East Amherst Street, which will be open for sneak peeks at the refurbished roller rink.

Following the ride on Monday, we’ll present our Virtual Slow Roll Thursday night at 8 on our website with ride footage and continued conversations.

Thanks to our presenting partner Independent Health for continued support of Slow Roll Buffalo since 2015.

With ongoing guidance from local and state public health leaders to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Slow Roll Buffalo organizers have been carefully considering ways to resume community bike rides while maintaining some semblance of Slow Roll’s inclusive spirit. Having prepared a plan that meets or exceeds all requirements, the weekly ride presented in partnership with Independent Health has resumed, free and open to all.

Reopening Slow Roll requires working within the current Phase 4 of “New York Forward” state mandate, including a limit on public gatherings to a maximum of 50 people, along with CDC guidelines for events to “consider ways to significantly reduce the number of attendees”; in turn, organizers have reimagined the ride with the following changes:

– Staggered start times as required, ensuring that attendees ride in groups of 50 or less
– The ride will end in a different location than it began, not roundtrip
– Pace and distance faster and longer than usual, with no scheduled stops for regrouping and speakers
– The ride will be self-supported, with no “SAG” support and gear before or during
– Participants and their bikes should be prepared to ride immediately upon arrival, and maintain safe distance from those outside of their own household while waiting to ride
– No police motorcade – riders will share the road
– Mandatory covering of mouth and nose for the entirety of the ride
– No afterparty – Slow Roll squad will disperse at the end of the ride
– All measures subject to change as part of continued commitment to public safety and consultation with public health leaders

Those unable to participate include anyone showing symptoms of (coughing, shortness of breath, fever of over 100.4), a positive test for, recently exposed (within 14 days) to COVID-19, or within the 14-day quarantine requirement after traveling to New York from states with significant community spread – please see the NYS Travel Restriction website for a current list of affected states.

“We are so excited to finally begin connecting communities in person again, after months of discussing, researching, and practicing the best possible ways to resume our rides,” said Dr. Karen Huffman, a Slow Roll Buffalo board member, longtime volunteer, and PhD in infectious disease. “Although this season is going to look different than others, please be assured that we are working hard, as always and more so now, to keep everyone safe while riding. This includes meeting and exceeding what the County and the State are requiring for public gatherings at this stage of the pandemic.”

Future rides will be announced weekly, and the Virtual Slow Roll that started online in May will continue on Thursdays at 8pm, with scenes from Monday’s ride guided by Slow Roll Squad and guests from along the route.

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