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The SkyRide helps to fuel Buffalo’s Bike Advocacy Initiatives @ More GObike Cycling News

This morning I received an email that lauded the recent accomplishments of the 2015 SkyRide. The SkyRide has become the feather in GObike Buffalo’s cap, with more that 1400 cyclists that took to the skies this past May 31. Looking back, I still recall that there were many people who thought that the organization would never be able to pull off an event of this nature, due to liability, complicated logistics, insurmountable costs, and the like. Today the ride is considered an instrumental fundraiser for GObike Buffalo, and has been established as one of the premier events in this region.

After the ride, I asked GObike Buffalo Executive Director Justin Booth about what sort of initiatives the funds from the ride fuels, and he said, “The SkyRide is primarily a fundraiser for GObike Buffalo to continue to do all of the the work that we do to make Buffalo more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly, including advocacy and policy work, running our community workshop, providing Recycle-a-Bicycle classes throughout the city, putting on fun events and more. [All along] we have been in the process of completing the Bicycle Facility Master Plan in collaboration with the city.”

This year, the SkyRide was even bigger and better than it was in its inaugural year due to a number of reasons, including ridership and route. Booth stated, “This year’s ride took 1400 cyclists over the SkyWay twice starting at the Outer Harbor, down route 5 to Tifft, circling back and riding over the skyway into downtown, circling Niagara Square and then back over again back to the Outer harbor and down to South Park before heading back up to the outer harbor. The total route was 19 miles and we were joined Marcell Dareus of he Buffalo Bills.”

Recent news from GObike Buffalo includes:

  • The Bicycle Master Plan is wrapping up and should be final soon. Key highlights include the addition of 300 miles of bike lanes to our Queen City and public identification of primary streets of focus (Elmwood Avenue, Main Street, and Delaware Avenue are the top three).
  • Senator Golden is sponsoring a bill to add a bicycle and pedestrian safety component to the New York State pre-licensing driver’s education course.
  • The Buffalo BookBike will be cruising around Buffalo this summer, handing out books to kids. Donate today.
  • NYSDOT has committed to transforming North and South Division Avenues to complete streets. Construction is scheduled for Spring 2016. 
  • A 4+-mile bike lane is planned to connect the Tonawandas to Downtown Buffalo.
  • A plan to connect Lewiston to Niagara Falls is also making headway.

 

Written by queenseyes

queenseyes

Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

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