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Virtual Slow Roll: Freedom Wall Ride

For the third year rolling, we'll focus our first Monday night community bike ride in July - presented online this year - on The Freedom Wall, the Albright-Knox public art initiative featuring portraits of 28 notable civil rights leaders from America’s past and present, created by Buffalo artists John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley, and Edreys Wajed. In choosing The Freedom Wall as our host on the first Monday in July, we recognize that our country's Declaration of Independence was insincere in its claims of equality and freedom - now 244 years since July 4th, 1776, many are still struggling for equal access to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Our Virtual Slow Roll, livestreaming at www.slowrollbuffalo.org as well as our YouTube channel and Facebook group, will be presented together with our friends from the East Side Bike Club, featuring many guests guiding a roundtrip ride from The Freedom Wall, tracing the home stretch of Underground Railroad through the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor to the foot of Ferry at the Niagara River, as well as neighborhoods of note to the local legends honored on the wall. Live music and fellowship will follow the ride. While the ongoing [...]

Virtual Slow Roll: Redline Ride

In meeting our mission of connecting communities by bike here in one of America's most poorest and most segregated cities, we've often discussed the effects of redlining; our next Virtual Slow Roll, presented together with the Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) and livestreamed here on our homepage, will focus entirely on the issue. For those unfamiliar with redlining, its section on Wikipedia opens with this: "In the United States, redlining is the systematic denial of various services by federal government agencies, local governments as well as the private sector either directly or through the selective raising of prices." According to PPG's 2018 report, "A City Divided: A Brief History of Segregation in Buffalo," "Redlining restricted the flow of capital in and out of minority neighborhoods as restrictive covenants and other forms of housing discrimination kept minorities from moving into white neighborhoods. Lack of access to loans made it much more difficult for African Americans to buy homes, open businesses, build wealth, and, if they chose, to move to other neighborhoods. Many neighborhoods entered a downward spiral of disinvestment, in which few people would invest in the neighborhood because its property values were declining rather than rising." Our Virtual Slow [...]

Virtual Slow Roll: Reimagined Ride

While Slow Roll Buffalo's free and inclusive community bike rides remain suspended due to the pandemic, we are reimagining our ride structure with intentions to resume this summer. This coming Monday, with a closed group led by our volunteer squad, we'll livestream a test run of our current plans here on our homepage as well as our Facebook group and YouTube channel.   We will resume public group rides when public health leaders advise.   2020 marks Slow Roll Buffalo’s seventh year of presenting free and inclusive community bike rides, rolling every Monday from May through October. Presented in partnership with Independent Health by the nonprofit volunteers of Wheel B. Herd, Slow Roll Buffalo is the largest franchise of the Slow Roll movement born in Detroit.

Reimagined Ride: Reopening, Reconnecting

With ongoing guidance from local and state public health leaders to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 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 will resume on Monday, August 3rd, starting at 6:30pm from Babeville in downtown Buffalo (341 Delaware Avenue), 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 [...]

What’s the 311 Ride?

Central Terminal 495 Paderewski, Buffalo

Now that we're reimagined and reopened - full details on all the changes below - we move to the Buffalo Central Terminal for a free and inclusive community bike ride spotlighting the City of Buffalo's 311 Call and Resolution Center, whose mission is "to provide citizens with access to City services, City information and non-emergency police services with the highest possible levels of customer service and satisfaction."   As Slow Roll uses this service to report issues along every route we ride such as potholes, debris and missing street signs, we'll show how easy it is to use 311 and how to hold City Hall accountable for responding to citizen concerns about the conditions of our streets.   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 [...]

B.O.B. Ride (Bikes Over Bailey)

Ms. Goodies 1836 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo

On the heels of our What's the 311 Ride?, which focused on the 311 Call and Resolution Center that we - as anyone can - use to report issues along every route we ride such as potholes, debris and missing street signs, we turn our Slow Roll spotlight to the state of Bailey Ave, site of more than 160 crashes between drivers and pedestrians or cyclists since 2014, all while surrounding residents repeatedly demand a safer street design.   Before the Heels n Wheels march on Bailey last week, our friends at GObike Buffalo asked:   - When interim safety measures, as promised by the DPW in January 2020, will be implemented; - For transparency about how projects are selected and funded by the DPW; - How many people need to die before the DPW takes action to fix Bailey; and - An acknowledgment that the City of Buffalo prioritizes infrastructure spending in more affluent, white neighborhoods.   Our 12-mile route will begin at beloved Bailey restaurant Ms. Goodies and end a few miles away, passing the ghost bike at the site where cyclist Darren Curry was killed by a crash with a driver back in June; proceeding through many [...]

Waterkeeper Ride

Northland Workforce Training Center 683 Northland, Buffalo

Our second annual free and inclusive Waterkeeper Ride is dedicated to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, a nonprofit founded in 1989 whose mission is four-fold: "we PROTECT the water, we RESTORE both the waterways and the surrounding ecosystems, we CONNECT people to their waterways, and we INSPIRE both economic activity along the waterways and community engagement." Our 12-mile route will touch three Buffalo waterways, beginning at the Northland Workforce Training Center where the Scajaquada Creek was buried underground, and rolling along both the Buffalo and Niagara Rivers before ending four miles away from our starting point. Over the next week, we'll spotlight the work of Waterkeeper in our news section, on Monday's ride, and concluding with the Virtual Slow Roll on Thursday night featuring ride highlights along with continued conversation connecting communities.   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 [...]

Southside Summer Sunset Ride

Niagara Frontier Food Terminal 1500 Clinton Street, Buffalo

This past Monday's Waterkeeper Ride had a perfect ending with the sun setting over Broderick Park, the Niagara River and Canada - gotta savor these summer sunsets over the water, one of the best benefits of being in Buffalo, let's do it again!   Note two new changes to our temporary format, in response to rider feedback - we'll now announce the end point of the ride, and extend the route to around 15 miles.   This coming Monday, we'll return to the art deco beauty of the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal for a ride designed to soak in the sunset from Clinton-Bailey to Lovejoy, Kaisertown, South Buffalo and the Outer Harbor, ending at Wilkeson Pointe.   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.   [...]

Labor Day Ride

Colored Musicians Club 145 Broadway Ave, Buffalo

Our annual free and inclusive Labor Day Ride will begin at one of our favorite venues, the Colored Musicians Club, founded in 1917 in response to Black musicians being denied membership in Buffalo's all-white musicians union, and now the longest continuously-operating Black musicians club in the United States. Our 15-mile route prepared with input from the Coalition for Economic Justice will pass locations of note to the local labor movement, including teachers, healthcare workers, steelworkers, firefighters, postal workers, and Buffalo's newest union in the workers of Spot Coffee. The ride will end at The Freedom Wall, whose 28 honored civil rights icons include labor leaders such as Martin Luther King, who was assassinated while visiting Memphis in support of sanitation workers. 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 [...]

Middle Main Ride

The Oakk Room 1435 Main St., Buffalo

This coming Monday's free and inclusive community bike ride is centered on the City of Buffalo's "Middle Main" street reconstruction planning, currently in the preliminary design stage for Phase 1, from Goodell to Ferry. With recent media coverage fanning frustrations throughout our community about the public engagement process of the project, we'll continue doing our part to connect communities by spotlighting businesses, community organizations, neighborhoods and people affected by the state of this street.   Our 15-mile route will cover the area's commercial and residential streets, beginning at The Oakk Room on Main and ending at the African American Cultural Center on Masten, both familiar hosts to Slow Roll that will be spotlighted in website features along with surrounding residents.   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 [...]

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