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Reimagining the way we get around Buffalo

Posted at 5:09 PM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 17:13:27-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Imagine biking down the Skyway. It would probably be scary. However, at the 6th annual SkyRide around 2,000 people did just that.

"We have a great opportunity to experience legacy infrastructure on two wheels today and get the creative juices flowing," Justin Booth, Go Bike Buffalo's executive director said.

The ride challenged bicyclists to imagine what Buffalo would be like with more bike- and pedestrian-friendly roads.

"I envision a city full of people that are riding their bikes on a daily basis. Walking, biking, Using public transit. No longer have concerns of where you are going to park," Booth said.

Riders did an 18-mile loop that went from La Salle Park to the Skyway, down the 33 and Scajacuada, and finally ending back at La Salle Park.

The cruise through Buffalo coincides with the governor's proposal competition for anyone to submit ideas on what should happen to the Skyway next.

State Senator and chairman of the state transportation committee said the Skyway has to go.

"It would open up 75 acres of prime real estate that could be developed along our water front."

What will happen to the Skyway and plans to make Buffalo a more bike friendly city are unclear. However, for one day, bikers got to enjoy car-free roads.