May 8, 2019
Today, on National Bike to School Day, Independent Health announced its sponsorship of 1,000 free tickets for Buffalo Public School students and their families to participate in SkyRide 2019, GObike Buffalo’s annual event and fundraiser that brings thousands of cyclists on a 10- to 18-mile city-wide tour over the Skyway, Kensington and Scajaquada Expressways, and park system. The event is presented by Independent Health with support from M&T Bank.
The event will be held on Sunday, May 19, at 9 a.m., starting in LaSalle Park. Interested Buffalo Public School students and their guardians are eligible for a complimentary ticket. Up to 1,000 tickets will be distributed.
“We’re proud to provide one thousand Buffalo youth and families the opportunity to ride the Skyway,” said Roberta Rifkin, senior vice president for government affairs and strategic partnerships at Independent Health, and member of GObike’s board of directors. “At Independent Health, we are committed to creating a culture of health in Western New York. That’s why we engage with like-minded organizations, like GObike, to encourage people to stay healthy and active while having fun. With proven health benefits, including cardiovascular fitness, decreased stress levels and reduced body fat levels, cycling is a healthy activity for people of all ages.”
Riders must have a bicycle in good working condition (or ability to ride a Reddy Bike) and a helmet. Riders ages 17 and younger must ride with a parent or guardian. Riders ages 10 and older are allowed to ride their own bikes. Children under 10 years old cannot ride themselves and must be in a child seat, trailer, tag-along or cargo bike ridden by an adult.
“This is the first year youth under the age of 18 have been able to ride the Skyway, so we’re excited to be able to extend the opportunity to 1,000 youth thanks to Independent Health’s generous sponsorship,” said Justin Booth, executive director for GObike Buffalo. “The SkyRide provides riders a unique and connection to their community, and we believe youths participating this year will make it the best yet.”
“On behalf of Buffalo Public Schools, we thank Independent Health for this opportunity for our students to engage in a healthy, fun activity,” said Dr. Kriner Cash, superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools. “Building healthy habits at a young age is vital to life-long healthy decisions.”
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.
In addition to Buffalo Public Schools, interested students and their guardians can contact a community partner group listed below to receive a complimentary tickets:
Buffalo United Front
University District Community Development
Bailey Fights Blight
University Heights Tool Library
Jes Roll/Jes Breathe
Fruitbelt Land Trust
Africa Heritage Food Co-Op
Buffalo Public Library
Hispanic Heritage Council
Girl Scouts of Western New York
New Life Restoration Center
East Side Bike Club Earn a Bike Clinic
Afro Chick Yoga
Board of Block Clubs
Greater East Side Fields of Dreams Block Clubs Association
Most Valuable Parent
East Side Bike Club
Visit skyridebuffalo.org to register and find more information.