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Everything you need to know about SkyRide 2019

Fifth Annual SkyRide rolls through Buffalo
Posted at 2:35 PM, May 17, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Grab your riding gear and buckle your helmets, GOBike Buffalo's SkyRide 2019 is scheduled to take place Sunday in Buffalo.

The sixth year of the event highlights the Buffalo Parkway revival movement, providing participants the opportunity to ride the Skyway, Scajaquada Expressway and Kensington Expressway which are built on the Olmsted Parks System, Scajaquada Creek and the waterfront.

Thousands of riders will buckle their helmets and begin at 9 a.m. in LaSalle Park, which will soon be Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Jr. Park, there will be three routes for riders - a 10 mile route, 11 mile route and an 18 mile route.

Kids will be allowed to ride this year as well, GOBike says riders age 10 and up will be allowed on all routes with an accompanying adult. Kids under the age of 10 will be allowed if harnessed by an adult via child seat or trailer.

There will be pop-up art installations designed by local artists throughout the route which will include music and visuals.

SkyRide traffic impacts

  • Skyway (Route 5) - closed from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday
  • Scajaquada Expressway (Route 198) - closed from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday
  • Kensington Expressway (Route 33) - closed from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday

The Scajaquada Expressway eastbound and Kensington Expressway westbound (into downtown) will remain open all day.

All highways will reopen no later than 12 p.m.

  • Motorists on Porter Avenue can expect traffic delays between 8:55 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.
  • Those who are on Niagara Street and Michigan Avenue will experience delays and may need to follow police detours.
  • Motorists using the Skyway/Route 5 to go north are encouraged to exit at Ridge Road and take South Park Avenue into Buffalo.

SkyRide is GOBike Buffalo's annual event and fundraiser which brings cyclists on a unique city-wide tour.

GOBike holds the SkyRide in hopes of moving toward a transportation system that improves health, safety and quality of life for everyone.

Find more information here.