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Buffalo Pedal Tours return for the summer

Posted at 5:01 AM, Jun 18, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — You can pedal by bike or boat again in Buffalo. The season for the pedal tours usually starts around St. Patrick's day, but COVID-19 stalled the booking until now.

The Buffalo Pedal Tours are hosting private parties of 15-18 people. There are many new features this year to help keep everyone safe.

  • no-touch handwashing station for people to use before they go on
  • Masks do not have to be worn when on a bike or boat but must be worn in restaurants and after getting off the bike/boat
  • Captains and drivers will always be wearing a mask and goggles for protection
  • Sanitizers available for everyone
  • People cannot bring food to share
  • No glass cans only if you would like to bring your own booze, no sharing of alcohol

Owner Ken Szal says he is following CDC guidelines to make sure customers are safe, cleaning after each ride, and providing supplies if people need them.
The bikes are still stopping at outdoor restaurants only for people to get drinks.

The pedal tours share the waterfront with many other boat cruises including the popular Tiki boats. Owners say they are on a wait-and-see the basis for when the tiki boats could be up and running. Owners Craig Schultz and Mike Bartolotta also own Buffalo Tractor Tours and they say that could be running in July but haven't finalized plans yet.