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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 [...]

Breaking Barriers Ride

Kerns Ave Bowling Center 163 Kerns Ave., Buffalo

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 [...]

Census Ride

Broadway Theatre 512 Broadway, Buffalo

Slow Roll Buffalo and Open Buffalo are partnering on the final push for participation in the 2020 United States Census - the deadline to be counted is Wednesday, September 30th, and we're way behind the national average, let's go Buffalo! Beginning at the legendary Broadway Theatre Buffalo and ending at The Broadway Market, our 15-mile route will include areas in urgent need of increased participation, according to the up-to-date official response tracker: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html Throughout the next week, Slow Roll squad and friends will canvass the route with word that every confidential response to the 2020 Census can help bring thousands of dollars in federal funding for education, healthcare, roads, public transportation and other vital programs to our community over the next 10 years. Get counted today at census2020.gov or over the phone at 844-330-2020. Facts about the Census from Open Buffalo: - The first census was conducted in 1790. - Taking part is a civic duty and mandatory - it's a way to participate in our democracy and say "I COUNT!" - Census data are used to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy. - Data is privacy protected - by law. It is illegal for the Census [...]

Voter Registration Ride

Community Beer Works 520 7th Street, Buffalo

**note - all October Monday rides start at 6pm** Our next free and inclusive Monday night community bike ride falls on the week of the deadline to register to vote in the 2020 election, y'all get to it! We'll have registration forms and a 14-mile route past early voting locations as well as several government offices up for election, including State Supreme Court, County Judge and Family Court Judge. The ride will start at Community Beer Works, which will be open for retail sales from 3-7pm. Hit the news section for more info and rides tied to our monthlong Biketober celebration! 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 [...]

Cariol’s Ride

Big Ditch Brewery 55 E Huron St, Buffalo

**note – all October Monday rides start at 6pm** Our next free and inclusive Monday night community bike ride revisits Cariol's Ride, a theme from back in June when we were only presenting rides virtually. At that time, concerned citizens were calling on Buffalo's Common Council to pass Cariol's Law, "a proposal for legislation to have a mandatory stature on police bystander intervention, provide protection from retaliation, require external investigation with mandated reprimanding for abuse or misconduct, and create a required reportable registry." Cariol's Law is named after former Buffalo police officer Cariol Horne, who in 2006 intervened in a fellow officer’s choking of Neal Mack in his home on Walden Avenue, for which she was fired without pension. Cariol started riding with and sharing her story through Slow Roll in 2017. Now that the Common Council has passed a veto-proof version of Cariol's Law that has been sent to the mayor's office for signing, we will celebrate this partial victory by again riding with Cariol as our guide on streets of her upbringing and career - from her childhood home where she first learned to ride to the home where she saved Neal Mack - while advocating for both [...]

Fruit Belt Pedal Party

238 Carlton Street 238 Carlton Street, Buffalo

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 [...]

Ralph & the Rockpile Ride

Flying Bison Brewery 840 Seneca St., Buffalo

**note – all October Monday rides start at 6pm** The good news about our next free and inclusive Monday night community bike ride is that the roads will likely have much less traffic than normal...the bad news is the reason why - we'll be riding during a rescheduled Buffalo Bills game. While we're still not having our usual afterparty due to the pandemic - see below for many more pandemic-induced changes to Slow Roll - we'll shorten the route to finish before the fourth quarter and along the way show some of the legacy of the Bills' founding owner, the late Ralph Wilson, including the new Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum as well as the soon-to-be revamped Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park, formerly Lasalle Park. Both bear new names with thanks to funding from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, which has been supporting many causes in Buffalo and Wilson's hometown of Detroit with funds from his posthumous sale of the Bills. 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 [...]

Erie Canal Ride

Resurgence Brewing Co. 1250 Niagara St, Buffalo

*NOTES* - 6pm start from Resurgence Brewing Company's original *Niagara Street* location.   On the 195th anniversary of the world-changing opening of the Erie Canal in downtown Buffalo, our Erie Canal Ride will start along the old canal at the Niagara Street home of Resurgence Brewing Company, roll past the Buffalo Maritime Center (BMC) and Black Rock Canal Park before riding down to Canalside for a special tour of BMC's amazing new Longshed, a 10-mile ride in all.   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 [...]

All Potholes Eve

Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery 580 South Park Ave, Buffalo

Click here to get your tickets today for the inaugural "All Potholes Eve" on Saturday, October 31st!   A ghoulishly-guided 31-mile roundtrip ride along with a Chiavetta’s dinner and stops for treats from Community Beer Works followed by a socially distanced afterparty, all for a $31 donation to Slow Roll Buffalo. The ride will begin at 2pm from Undergrounds Coffeehouse, with dinners served from 4-8pm. Anyone can also choose a Chiavetta's chicken dinner-only option available for a donation of $13.   Click here for tickets to THE FULL HAUNTING (Ride + Stop Beer/Snacks + Dinner + Afterparty) $31   Click here for DYING FOR CHIAVETTA'S (Chicken Dinner Pickup only) $13    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 [...]

Raise a Glass and Ride

Flying Bison Brewery 840 Seneca St., Buffalo

Saturday's sunny forecast calls for more community bike rides! Usually at the end of October, Slow Roll salutes our squad and riders for the past six months of weekly rides and hibernates a bit before starting our *Snow* Roll wintertime rides. This year, we're keeping it 2020 and rolling with the changes, riding every Saturday in November and continuing to raise funds for our new nonprofit organization, starting with a "Raise a Glass and Ride" this Saturday, November 7th, hosted by Flying Bison Brewing Company. While the 2pm ride is free and open - see the event banner above for pandemic-induced changes to our rides - we'll be outside in the big tent starting at noon selling Slow Roll pint glasses plus a fill of Flying Bison brew for a $20 donation, while supplies last. Join us for the ride or just to raise a glass, help Slow Roll keep providing free and inclusive community bike rides in 2021 and beyond! We also encourage everyone to join GObike Buffalo's 9th annual Cranksgiving 2020 benefiting Buffalo Food Not Bombs, which starts at 11am at Hostel Buffalo-Niagara - plenty of time to do both! We'll include the hostel on our route for [...]

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