The public ferry landing at First Buffalo Marina has an interesting new feature in the form of a non-functional water tower. The tower, scrawled with the words ‘bike ferry’, was first depicted in renderings that included a number of aesthetic and functional improvements to the Outer Harbor site. Other amenities coming are a walkway, shelter provided by shipping containers (underway at the moment), plantings, and waymarking. The water tower is actually pretty neat in that it acts as a beacon for the landing, and is visible from the Canalside ferry launch at the Inner Harbor.
Previously, the ferry landing was nothing more than a pathway that led to Fuhrmann Boulevard. If passengers/cyclists were stuck at the Outer Harbor waiting for a ferry to return, they were left exposed to the changing weather patterns and temperature fluctuations without any shelter. While very simplistic in nature, the shipping containers will suffice in offering protection from the elements.
First Buffalo Marina is located directly next to Sail Buffalo, one of my favorite places to visit at the Outer Harbor (see here). A simple jaunt from port to port, with bike in tow, allows for a fun-filled afternoon of sightseeing and cycling about. The landing is also in close proximity to Wilkeson Pointe where all of the wind sculptures are found.
The bike ferry has been so popular since it started making the Inner-Outer Harbor excursions (in spring of 2015) that there has been a recent call to add a second vessel to accommodate the growing demand (see here). Hopefully someone will start a conversation revolving around the need for food trucks to log in some hours at the Outer Harbor ferry landing. That would be a real treat.