What's Solstice Soiree All About?

Thank you to our event sponsor, Knowles Solutions!


The Solstice Soiree Party is Thursday December 7, 2023
It’s at the ALL NEW West Side Bazaar at 1432 Niagara Street
**Tickets now only available at the door**

Beyond handing out awards for 2023 Cyclist of the Year, Community Partner of the Year, Sustainable Commuter of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and more accolades, it’s a big party to celebrate everything our community and team have done to advance safe streets, accessibility, education, and bike repair and donation throughout the year!

Enjoy food from the Bazaar’s global restaurants! Drinks, music and mingling – all included in your $50 ticket.

Tickets available at the door.

For cash or credit, you can purchase your $50 ticket at the door tonight beginning at 6PM.


Ride, Walk, Roll, or CARPOOL!
Get into the GObike spirit and consider different ways you could get to the event with these ideas from GO Buffalo Niagara.
Bike parking
Bundle up and take a ride on Niagara Street’s protected bike lane. We will have plenty of secure outdoor racks for parking.
Solstice Soiree Carpool
Extra space in your car? Looking for a ride? Coordinate a carpool with other attendees using this link. Snap a selfie for extra credit.*
Bus routes 5 (Niagara-Kenmore), 40 (Buffalo/Niagara Falls) and 26 (Delevan) will drop you off a 2-minute walk from the party.
We recommend downloading the Token Transit app for NFTA fare.
Limited on-street parking is available on and around Niagara Street. There is no off-street parking. Please consider carpooling or using another mode of transportation— you could win a prize** and attendees with vehicles will be able to park. Win-win.
Reach out to info@gobuffaloniagara.org if you need help navigating your sustainable transportation options. We’ll make sure you can get there to celebrate with us!
*Extra credit = Visa gift cards for the whole carpool crew. Post your pic to Facebook or Instagram and tag us and @gobuffaloniagara. Largest carpool wins. Get creative. Then show us your post at Check-in to enter.
**Prizes valued up to $50!


The finalists are here! Receiving the most nominations, in alphabetical order, are:
Shanne Liszewski
Denise Saia
Tom Sickler

(Each of their bios are available below)
People’s Choice Cyclist of the Year is presented by Knowles Solutions, a local accounting and financial management firm for businesses.

Winner revealed Thursday night in-person.

The Cyclist of the Year Finalists


“I am Shanne, founder of WNYBikes in April 2022 to be able to give back more to amazing cycling community in the area and to expand what Chris Holmes and myself were building with West Seneca Bikes for the previous 2 years. Not only have I found my sense of community but the community has greatly helped me with my mental and physical health. I am a full time single father of 2 daughters ages 12 and 15 and also work full time as a IT engineer for a national bank. The cycling community has changed and bettered my life and I was to bring that same to all those around me that enjoy riding a bike and building relationships.”


“Thanks so much I’m so excited being a finalist for this year’s Cyclist of the year! I accept the nomination!
My love of biking has always been about my compassion for my community, my city. And truth be told wearing my colorful kit outfits. I love my work as a volunteer for Slow Roll, leading the Monday night rides with my partners Drew, Lydia, Lu, and Trixie. My Wednesday night rides with Campus, pick-up rides with slow spokes, and a great winter get out and anything else in between. I have 6 n+1 bikes, which allows me to try as many different landscapes and terrains. All to be a part of so many wonderful members of this biking community. Plus, I enjoy the baking of my special desserts for all to eat. My 11 back surgeries have slowed my speed down. I’m not as strong, but I only appreciate it more when I do ride because of them.”


“I’m not always dressed as the turkey for Cranksgiving, but I am almost always riding! Living in the city’s west side, you can’t help but want to ride wherever you’re going, or ride just to RIDE! I’m a Chiropractor and know the many physical benefits of exercising on my bike first-hand. My friends and I enjoy piling up miles doing loops around the city on weekend nights throughout the year. Lights and reflector jackets ON! Shout out to the Reflector Gang! We check out new spots, get new photos, see things you can’t in a car. It’s truly the best way to experience our city and have some fun. Keep riding all year, everyone!”


Here are some photos from 2022. We can’t wait to see you! Please register early to help us plan for the evening.