For the sixth year, GObike Buffalo will be hosting the SkyRide, our signature bike ride providing riders the opportunity to explore the past, present and future of Buffalo’s roadways through a bike ride highlighting our legacy highways—the Skyway, Scajaquada Expressway, and Kensington Expressway—built atop our Olmsted Parks System, Scajaquada Creek and our waterfront.
The event will be held on Sunday, May 19, at 9 am, starting in LaSalle Park—soon to be renamed the Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Park in honor of the recent $100 million legacy gift from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to develop a signature park, advance the vision of a completed regional trail system and support sustainability of these public spaces.
New 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 and after the SkyRide, GObike Buffalo will be hosting two Slow Rolls with opportunities to learn more about community-led parkway revival initiatives underway.
- 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.
- 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.
SkyRide is GObike Buffalo’s annual event and fundraiser, bringing thousands of cyclists on a city-wide tour of historic locations, highway infrastructure and new bicycle facilities. Riders experience the scenic views of downtown Buffalo and the waterfront from the 100-foot-high Skyway and Olmsted’s parks and parkways by bicycle. The event is presented by Independent Health with support from M&T Bank.
Through the SkyRide, GObike aims to give people the opportunity to experience Buffalo’s roadways in a way they never have before, and to re-imagine the city and how we navigate through it. GObike believes that by engaging our city’s many communities and stakeholders in a conversation about the future of our roadways, we can move toward a transportation system that improves health, safety and quality of life for everyone.
Registration is open! Visit skyridebuffalo.org to register and find more information.