Join us on Sunday, August 14, 2022 –8th annual SkyRide, presented by Independent Health.
Our theme for this ride refers to our entire community’s efforts to make area streets and roads safer for all people, whether you’re walking, biking, using public transit, using a wheelchair, or driving. With organized effort, we can design and build a transportation network that finally sees traffic injuries and deaths decline and where anyone, from children through older adults, can use our streets, sidewalks and intersections safely, without fear.
GObike and our presenting sponsor, Independent Health, invite you to join us for a family-friendly bike ride over Buffalo’s Skyway to kick off this new legacy for Buffalo and celebrate all the positive change we’ve seen so far.
It’s the most incredible view you’ll ever experience on a bike, and it’s available only once-a-year!
Ride an Urban Highway
ROAD CLOSED! 2022’s route is a car-free urban highway adventure on your bike, along Buffalo’s waterfront, through an Olmsted Park, and of course, over the Skyway and back again.
Cyclists of all ages, shapes, sizes and skills are welcome and encouraged to ride. It’s not a race, just a great ride for family and friends! Of course it’s a climb, but a gradual one, well-worth the view 🙂
The best view in the city
No stopping and getting off your bike for photos, but you can ride slowly and soak in one of the best views ever.
We heard your requests to expand last year’s route, so here we go!
The ride will start and end at the Outer Harbor Lakeside Bike Park (825 Fuhrmann Boulevard). We encourage riding your bike to the start wherever possible, and we will release rallying points and additional packet pickup locations later this summer.
From the Bike Park, we’ll go down Fuhrmann to Tifft, to Hopkins, loop South Park, back to Hopkins, Tifft, and Fuhrmann. This will spread out the crowd a bit before everyone begins their charge on the Skyway. Go up, down, loop around on Eagle Street downtown, and do it all over again on your way back to the Outer Harbor.
Pricing & Registration
Ticket includes ride admission, bottled water, and fruit or snacks.
Member Rate: $32
(Must log in with member credentials for discount to apply)
Buy in-person at any GObike event during Bike Month in May: $35 (Member $28)
Champion – $100 For those able and willing to go above and beyond to support safer streets. In addition to bottled water and snacks, Champions receive a thank-you gift and their name listed on the SkyRide website.
Children under age 18 must be joined by a parent or guardian at all times. Please note that, aside from snacks, fruit and bottled water, vendor food and merchandise are not included with registration.
GObike Buffalo Members: You MUST log in to our member database while registering to receive your member discount. It is then automatically applied at checkout.
Refunds for SkyRide registration are not available after August 1. Your registration fees will be considered a donation to GObike and our work to make streets safer.
Please note the event will NOT be canceled due to rain. The event will only be canceled in the event of a severe weather emergency. However, the event may be delayed or temporarily suspended due to inclement weather. No refunds will be given for delays or event cancellations.
Yes, helmets are required. There are affordable options at most bike shops and stores around town. If you’re having trouble getting a helmet, we may be able to assist in helping acquire one for the ride through our partnership with Independent Health.
Yes, please bring your family! Riders age 10 and older are allowed to ride independently on all routes with an accompanying adult. Due to safety concerns, children under 10 years old cannot ride themselves and must be under their parent’s conveyance–i.e., riding in a child seat, trailer, tag-along, cargo bikes, etc.
This is not a race. Participants can ride at a casual pace. The ride will include both the Skyway itself and city streets to South Park.
Most streets and roadways on the route will be closed to traffic. Some of the route will be on city streets.
The SkyWay will be closed to automobile traffic from 6am to 12pm. For portions of the route that remain open to automobile traffic, Buffalo Police and ride support volunteers will assist riders to ensure riders safety.
The major roadways will be closed from approximately 6 am to 12 pm.
No. For safety reasons, there is no non-emergency stopping allowed up on the Skyway or along the highway routes. We will have professional photographers in various locations taking pictures that will be available online after the event.
This is a fundraiser for GObike, allowing us to conduct our work in making Buffalo and Western New York more accessible for people walking, biking, and using transit, including our education, advocacy, policy work, and programming like mobile repairs and bike giveaways. Go to gobikebuffalo.org for more information about our work.
The ride happens rain or shine. If there are high winds (25mph+) or heavy rain, the Buffalo Police will determine whether or not it is safe to cross the Skyway. If we aren’t able to cross the Skyway, all riders will ride the rest of the route.
Yes. If you have attempted to pay for your SkyRide registration online and cannot complete the transaction, you can send a check or money order to our office:
640 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Refunds are available until August 1. After that date, refunds are not available. Your registration fees will be considered a donation to GObike and our work to make streets safer.
Electric-assist bikes are allowed and welcomed on the ride! Fully electric-powered bikes with a throttle or anything with a motor is prohibited.