SkyRide

Postponed to 2021 | Buffalo, NY

Dear friends and supporters, 

For the past six years, we’ve hosted the SkyRide, presented by Independent Health, our annual bike ride through Buffalo’s urban highway system. What started as a fundraiser to support our organization’s work in championing complete streets and active mobility in Western New York has transformed into a signature Buffalo event with thousands of participants. When community connection is more important than ever, we regret to announce that we are postponing our 7th annual SkyRide until 2021. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Our decision to postpone was difficult for our organization. Without being able to guarantee our riders’ health and safety, we believe this is the most responsible path forward.

We are very grateful to those who signed up early for their enthusiasm and commitment to the event. Current registrants will receive an email from us with more information about options for handling of registration fees. If you have any questions, please contact us at events@gobikebuffalo.org

We look forward to a time where we can be riding together again.

In community,

The GObike Team 

Ride Highlights

Ride Four Urban Highways

The SkyRide City Loop route includes four car-free urban highways: the Skyway (Route 5), the Scajaquada Expressway (Route 198), the Kensington Expressway (Route 33), and the 190.

Family-Friendly SkyRide Skyway Only Loop

The 8.5-mile Skyway Only Loop is accessible for families and people new to bicycling.

New Heights on the SkyRide City Loop

We’ve added another highway to the route this year–the 190!

Pricing & Registration

Dates and prices (Adult | Youth)

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

GObike members receive 15% off all listed prices!

May 15 – July 14     $40 | $15

July 15 – Aug 2      $45 | $17.50

August 8 & 9         $50 | $20

Champion Riders $100

For those who are able and willing to go above and beyond to support better biking in Buffalo and Western New York. Champion riders have access to a champions tent, receive a thank you gift, and have their name listed on our website. 

  • Kait Miller
  • William Smith
  • Steve Lakomy
  • Paul Hoffman
  • Jaime Harbridge
  • Michael Radder
  • Nick Roth
  • Christopher Kulig

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. Registration rates increase by $5 on April 15, May 15, July 15 and August 1, 2020.

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. 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.

DateTimeEvent
Saturday, August 812 - 8 pmOn-site registration
Packet pick-ups
Lakeside Bike Park open
Bicycle rentals
Buffalo Bike Tours (starting at Canalside)
Sunday, August 97 - 8 amOn-site late registration
9 amSkyRide departs
10 - 11 amRiders return
10:30 am to 2 pmSkyRide afterparty

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. Most of the ride, including most of the Skyway-Only Loop, will be a casual pace around 10 to 12 mph. Participants on the City Loop may have an opportunity to ride faster at times.

Most streets and roadways on the route will be closed to traffic. Some of the route will be on city streets. We will have a police escort for most of the ride.

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.

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