Slow Roll Buffalo, African Heritage Food Co-op & Fruit Belt Community Land Trust are partnering on a Saturday in the FB including a free and inclusive Fruit Belt Pedal Party, celebrating the seeds of community-controlled investment in the neighborhood in the form of a grocery store and affordable housing, both now in construction. The roundtrip ride will begin at 2pm from the future African Heritage Food Co-op at 238 Carlton Street. More to come about this event!
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:
– Mandatory covering of mouth and nose for the entirety of the ride
– Staggered start times as required, ensuring that attendees ride in groups of 50 or less
– 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
– 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.