August 15, 2021 | Buffalo, NY

See Your City–Like Never Before

Join us on Sunday, August 15, 2021 –7th annual SkyRide, presented by Independent Health. 

Join us for a family-friendly bike ride over Buffalo’s Skyway.

The ride will start and end at the Outer Harbor Lakeside Bike Park (825 Fuhrmann Boulevard).

Ride One, Two, or Three Loops Over the Skyway

Ride 7.5, 15, or 23 miles! Departure times will be:

  • 8:30 am: 3+ loops
  • 9:00 am: 2+ loops
  • 9:30 am: at least 1 loop

You may select your departure time during registration. Online registration closed Monday, August 9, at 11:59 pm.

In-person registration ($50) is available:

  • Friday, August 13th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the GObike Office, 640 Ellicott St
  • Saturday, August 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Lakeside Bike Park, 825 Fuhrmann Blvd
  • Morning of the Event on Sunday, August 15th from 7:30-8:00 a.m. at the Registration Tent at Lakeside Bike Park, 825 Fuhrmann Blvd

Project Partners

Ride Highlights

Ride an Urban Highway

Our route includes a car-free urban highway adventure.

Family-Friendly Route

The Skyway is accessible for families and people new to bicycling. Be aware: it’s a climb!

Unique, Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Did you know bikes were once allowed on the Skyway? Don’t miss your chance to experience the Skyway by bike before it’s removed!

Pricing & Registration

Registration

Ticket includes ride admission, bottled water, and fruit or snacks.

Children under 10 must be under their parents’ conveyance (child seat, trailer, or tag-along). Children under 5 are free!

GObike members receive 15% off all listed prices!

After Wednesday, June 2, 2021

General Admission – $40

Youth – $20
For attendees ages 5 to 20. 

Additional Options

In-person and Day-of Registration – $50

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.

Sponsor a rider – $30
If you can’t make it to the event and/or would like to help offset the cost for children and adults who may need financial assistance.

Additional Information

Children under age 18 must be joined by a parent or guardian at all times. Please note that food and merchandise are not included with registration.

GObike Buffalo Members: please log in to our member database while registering to receive discounts.​

Refunds for SkyRide registration are not available after August 2. 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.

Event Schedule

DateTimeEvent
Friday, August 134 - 8 pmRegistration and packet pick-ups at 640 Ellicott Street
Saturday, August 144 - 8 pmRegistration and packet pick-ups at Lakeside Bike Park
Sunday, August 158:30 amFirst wave departs
9 amSecond wave departs
9:30 amThird wave departs
11 amRoute is closed to riders

Champions

Thanks for your support!

Sandra Fundalinski David S. Quackenbush
Onda Simmons Nancy Nagy
Jeanne Slough James Bill
Kait Miller Sam Marazzo
Dan Barone Barb Sorrentino
Steve Lakomy Jaime Harbridge
Gerald Kelly Greg Stevens
Christopher Kulig Michael Radder
Ronald Burakowski Laurie Joyce
Steven Nabach Matthew Pagano
Adam Orsini Bernice Kuca
Mike Heimerl Bill Brady

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some responses to frequently asked questions. Have a different question? Email us at events@gobikebuffalo.org.

Learn More

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.

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. Those coming at 8:30am to ride several loops over the Skyway will be able to ride at a faster pace.

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, and policy work, and operating our community workshop. For an overview of our work, please view our Annual Report.

Your registration fee also covers the significant costs of organizing this ambitious event.

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:

GObike Buffalo
640 Ellicott St.
suite 447
Buffalo, NY 14203

Refunds are available until August 2. 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.