Buffalo Cyclists to Cross the Scajaquada

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Photo Credit: Nate Peracciny

Slow Roll Buffalo’s first full season in 2015 was a momentous success, with free weekly community bike rides throughout the city with thousands of participants, spanning from age 5 to 93. To kick-off 2016, we are building on last year’s success. Slow Roll Buffalo organizers, in collaboration with GObike Buffalo, the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition (SCC), and the Restore Our Community Coalition (ROCC), have teamed up to start the Slow Roll Buffalo 2016 season with the Parkway Revival Ride. The ride is a statement for right-sizing the Scajaquada and Kensington Expressways to restore Olmsted’s vision for our city in order to re-knit our community back together—something we have been advocating for since 2001.

“Governor Cuomo’s recent announcements has set the stage for New York State to be a leader in revitalizing our urban landscapes by building quality of life focusing on our community’s health, environment and economic vitality,” stated Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo and member of the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition, “We are happy to partner with the state to make the Parkway Revival Ride a reality highlighting the historic changes in store for a right-sized Scajaquada while demonstrating the continued need to restore Humboldt Parkway and reconnect Delaware Park with MLK Park.”

Shifting from the usual Monday night meeting to Sunday, May 8th, Slow Roll Buffalo will start its second six-month season at Delaware Park’s Marcy Casino (199 Lincoln Pkwy; meet at noon, ride at 1pm). The safety squad of bicyclists—along with a now-standard Buffalo Police Department motorcade—will lead participants onto the Scajaquada Expressway and continue to the Humboldt Parkway for a bike’s-eye view of how decisions made decades ago to change our parkways into expressways have negatively affected the quality of life, prosperity, and environment in the surrounding community while highlighting the commitment Governor Cuomo has made to correcting these past mistakes.

In standard Slow Roll fashion, the entire ride will run approximately 10 miles at a leisurely pace of around 8-10 miles per hour, rolling round-trip back to the Marcy Casino for an afterparty with food, drinks and live music. Beginning Monday, May 16th, Slow Roll Buffalo will return to Monday nights, rolling weekly through October 31st.

“From its birthplace in Detroit to here in Buffalo and beyond, Slow Roll had an amazing 2015, and we’re excited to pick up where we left off,” said Slow Roll Buffalo co-founder Tony Caferro. “The Parkway Revival Ride is only our first statement – while we’ll continue to keep Slow Roll free and fun for all, we’re pushing this social event to take on social causes, with many more to come.”