The next series of Slow Roll Buffalo is quickly approaching. Slow Roll’s initial launch attracted 300 cyclists who took to the streets of downtown Buffalo. Incredibly, the ages of the riders ranged from 7 to 68.
The Slow Roll movement began in Detroit, and is now found in myriad cities. Co-organizer in Buffalo, Tone Caferro, tells me that he first became aware of the Detroit ride series when his friends started it. Loving the concept, Tone was given Detroit Slow Roll’s blessing to launch the series in Buffalo. Next year Tone anticipates that the Buffalo Slow Roll will become a weekly occurrence.
“We were surprised that so many people came out for the first ride,” Tone told me. “Even the cops were surprised, who at first were happy to help us cross some streets. Eventually, when they realized how many riders were part of the group, they changed their tune a bit. As much as we feel that we are exercising our rights to Freedom of Assembly, we have discussed with GO Bike Buffalo the future of the roll, and making it a more legit organized event, mainly to ensure that the ride continues to grow.”