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City installs first Greens Lane at S-Curves

In a surprising pro-cycling twist, the City of Buffalo has done something that even surprised bike activist Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo. I ran into Justin last evening at Flying Bison Brewery, and inquired about Buffalo’s “first Green Lanes*”, which were installed at the Delaware Park S-Curves, right at the point where the bike lanes intersect with the auto on-ramp/off-rampways to the (still controversial) expressway. “As we were hosting national and statewide experts on a bike tour earlier today,” Justin told me. “We were riding down the S-Curves and came across a new Green Lane. The City never even told me that they were installing it – this is a first for the City, and means that they are willing to make bike culture safer on their own. I was extremely happy to see the work that they did.”

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A couple of years ago, I remember speaking with Justin about bike issues in Buffalo. At the time, he was discouraged. I brought up that conversation with him when we ran into each other. “It’s incredible how far the City has come since then,” he said [laughing]. “It’s a different time now, thankfully – bike culture is starting to thrive in Buffalo. It’s not just a handful of people who are behind the movement.”

I’m still not sure that the bike lane along S-Curves is the safest place for cyclists to be on any given day, due to the number of street lamps that get knocked to the ground on a continual basis. But for the bold and adventurous speed demons, who feel that they can go toe to toe with winding (and sometimes meandering) traffic, God bless them!

*The purpose of the Green Lane is to remind drivers and cyclists that they are entering a confluence of traffic, that includes both two and four-wheel vehicles. 

Photo: GObike Buffalo

 

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.

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