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 Roll, livestreaming here on our homepage as well as our YouTube channel and Facebook group, will feature a guided ride along these redlines and a discussion about their effects with many guests.
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.