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The SkyRide – 2016

Registration for Buffalo’s renowned bike ride is now open. In recent years, The SkyRide has managed to captivate the imaginations of Buffalonians and the country. The ride, which traverses the city’s Jetsonian skyway, is an easy paced, yet thrilling ride with spectacular views of the city.

The route consists of two loops–a 9-mile Skyway Loop and a 15-mile City Loop. If riders would like to only do the first part of the ride they are welcome to head back to Riverfest Park after the Skyway Loop to enjoy food, drinks and entertainment.

The SkyRide is not only an enjoyable day for cyclists, filled with all sorts of adventures, it’s also a huge fundraiser for GObike Buffalo – the local organization that is basically the driver of cycling initiatives in Buffalo.

Riders will also have the option of continuing on a casual ride throughout the rest of the city, seeing Complete Streets, Frederick Law Olmsted’s Delaware Park, bike paths and more on their way back to the post-ride celebration in Riverfest Park.

For some, The SkyRide is one of the best events to look forward to each year. For others, the ride is a way to explore the city and learn the best ways to get around. And for bike advocates, the ride has become a symbol for the progressive measures that are being taken each year.


Progressive pro-bike organizations, a growing cycling community, and events such as Slow Roll Buffalo and The SkyRide represent a new era in bike friendly initiatives. Even the City should be commended for recent efforts to affect change in the cycling department.

Below is the 2016 SkyRide route:

While the ride might not be cheap, rest assured that the funds are going a long way toward making Buffalo a cycling city.


Ride your bike to the event, or take the Metro Rail*. Make an entire day of cycling city streets. Rain or shine, The SkyRide is a go – there is no rain date**.

There are Park & Ride lots available at University at Buffalo-South Campus, from which you can take the NFTA Metro train to the final stop (about 6 blocks from Riverfest Park).

*Any SkyRide participants that take public transit and show their ticket at registration will receive an extra drink ticket for the post-ride celebration!

**If there are high winds (25mph+) or heavy rain the Buffalo Police will determine whether or not it is safe to cross the Skyway.

Click here to learn more, and to register for The SkyRide.

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