Ditch the car keys and grab your bike helmet

Posted at 12:31 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 13:20:18-04

In the last few years, there's been a biking renaissance in Buffalo.

"I moved away from Buffalo in 2010 and there wasn't much of a bicycling community at that time and I came back in 2015 and I was really surprised to see a lot more people on bikes and a lot more bike culture in the city," Henry Raess, Event Manager at GoBike Buffalo said.

It's national bike to work week, but those with GoBike Buffalo think people should be riding to work everyday. Raess, along with Executive Director Justin Booth, say training bicyclists and drivers to share the road will go a long way.

"It's really about making our streets safe," Booth said. "So people feel more comfortable getting out there and riding more often."

One spot people are riding more and more is Linwood Avenue. There you'll find designated lanes going in both directions making it one of the most bike friendly spots in the city. But the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is pretty friendly, too.

"They're also doing a lot towards bicycling. Investing in Ellicott Street and getting Ellicott Street to be more bike friendly," Booth said. "Putting more bicycle parking in and excitingly they've installed a bicycle storage facility that you know people can have access to and utilize when they ride their bikes to work."

"Get out there," Booth exclaimed. "Ride more often and see the city streets."

"Historically, bikes have been a really big part of transportation and they are in a lot of other countries and a lot of other cities in the United States," Raess remarked. "I think we're seeing that shift gradually in the City of Buffalo."