GO Bike Buffalo’s monthly column is presented by Nickel City Graphics
By Henry Raess, Community Outreach Coordinator, Go Bike Buffalo
Warm weather, new members, and all things bicycle have got GO Bike Buffalo on a roll. We’ve got a busy summer ahead of us, with the GO Buffalo campaign hitting the streets, bike-in movies, and a Ride of Silence all happening soon.
Our transition to GO Bike Buffalo has been fantastic. The Launch Party on May 19th was a success—rocking out with four live bands, dancing to ABCDJ and welcoming over 60 new members!
The Community Workshop has been bumpin’—the warm weather in March brought a lot of folks in, but since the GO Buffalo/GO Bike launch we’ve been consistently selling out of bikes as soon as they’re built. We’re bringing on new members pretty much every day and helping folks fix their rides from the moment the shop opens until closing (If you know how to fix/build bikes with little supervision, we could use your help! Trade your skills for a membership?).
On Saturday, June 2nd, Buffalo’s first Bicycle Beauty Pageant was held at Campus Wheelworks—one of many sponsors of the event. Contestants were given bikes to decorate in the theme of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which were then displayed in front of Campus throughout the day for folks to vote on, and judged at the pageant in the evening. After winners were announced, the beautified bikes were raffled off, with all proceeds going to GO Bike Buffalo for our continued advocacy efforts.
Each Wednesday throughout the month of July, there will be a bike-in movie as part of the Wheel-to-Reel Summer Film Series, presented by Squeaky Wheel, Merge and GO Bike Buffalo. Movies that in some way feature bicycles will be screened in Days Park and at Canalside on Wednesday nights. We’re calling on you, or maybe someone you know, to make and submit a short film about bike safety to be selected as one of four videos that will be screened as part of the Wheel-to-Reel series. Event details are on our calendar.
Our GO Buffalo Campaign has recently hit the streets, with ads on the metro rail and at bus stops, and canvassers talking to people in the neighborhoods around the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. They will be at upcoming events such as Juneteenth (June 16-17), First Fridays in Allentown, and the National Night Out in August, informing people about and encouraging them to walk, bike, and take public transit whenever possible as a means of healthy, cheap, and environmentally-friendly transportation.
Finally, too many people have been hit by vehicles while walking or riding their bikes in recent months, so next week GO Bike Buffalo will lead a Ride of Silence to a press conference to highlight the issue. Usually the Ride of Silence is an annual event held worldwide in May, but following a recent accident on Niagara Falls Blvd. and similar incidents, we feel it necessary to acknowledge the tragic events that have needlessly ended in injury and death, letting drivers and bicyclists and everyone else know that we must “Share the Road.” We’d love it if you would join us and make our presence known by meeting in front of Kleinhan’s Music Hall by Symphony Circle and riding down Porter Ave to the press conference. The time and date of this event will be announced soon, so please check our website for details.
Ride safe; we’ll see you this summer.