BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — GObike Buffalo's sixth annual SkyRide is coming up on Sunday, May 19th at 9 am, starting in LaSalle Park and taking riders on Buffalo's legacy highways: the Skyway, Scajaquada Expressway, and Kensington Expressway.
SkyRide brings thousands of cyclists on a city-wide tour of historic locations, highway infrastructure, and new bicycle facilities. Riders get to experience amazing views of downtown Buffalo and the waterfront from Olmsted's parks and the heights of the Skyway.
GObike aims to give people the opportunity to experience Buffalo's roadways in a way they never have before, re-imagining the city and how to navigate it.
GObike announced these new additions this year:
* Kids allowed: We’re excited to allow riders age 10 and up on all routes with an accompanying adult. Kids under 10 will also be allowed if harnessed by an adult via child seat or trailer. We’ll be working with community schools in Buffalo Public School systems, recycle-a-bicycle participants and their families to increase opportunities to ride in our signature event.
* Three routes: Routes this year include a 10-mile Skyway-Only Loop, the new 11-mile Kensington/Scajaquada (Route 33 and 198) Loop and 18-mile Full Loop (Skyway/Kensington/Scajaquada [Route 5, 33 and 198]).
* Pop-up art installations: GObike Buffalo will be working with local artists to include music, visuals and temporary art installations along the route to activate the spaces and tell the story of our parkway revival movement throughout the decades.
* Parkway revival events: Before the SkyRide, GObike Buffalo will be hosting two Slow Rolls with opportunities to learn more about community-led parkway revival initiatives underway.
1. Monday, May 13, at 6:30pm, from the Buffalo Museum of Science—in collaboration with the Restore Our Community Coalition, a group of concerned citizens and organizations who aim to remediate the devastation and civic injustice caused by the construction of Route 33.
2. Monday, May 20, at 6:30pm, from the Buffalo History Museum—in collaboration with the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition, an advocacy group working to right-size the Scajaquada Expressway to promote, preserve and restore intermodal transportation within Delaware Park, enhance the park by reuniting the Meadow with Hoyt Lake; and enhance the adjacent parkways to provide quality park experiences for current and future generations.
Visit skyridebuffalo.org to register and find more information.