Virtual Slow Roll: Freedom Wall Ride

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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 public health crisis is preventing Slow Roll Buffalo from bringing big crowds together for free and inclusive community bike rides, our Monday night gatherings have moved online.

For the virtual tour and ride, one Slow Roll squad member will ride with a camera mounted to their helmet, while hosts and guests will appear from home via teleconference. Upon conclusion of the ride, a virtual afterparty will feature live music and fellowship in partnership with Buffalo.fm and Band Together Buffalo.

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.

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