BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Drivers who usually drive on part of the Scajaquada will need to find an alternative route on Sunday. The eastbound lanes of the 198 will be closed between Grant and Parkside from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for the first Slow Roll Buffalo ride of the season.
Organizers are calling the big event Sunday a “Parkway Revival Ride” and it’s meant to send a message about the future of the Scajaquada. “We’re at a point where we’re starting to reconnect the community. This is the first step in really understanding what can happen on the Scajaquada,” said the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition’s Michael DeLuca. “We’ve been talking a lot about how do we get pedestrians, how do we get bikers, how do we slow it down, but how do we also reconnect the neighborhoods.”
Slow Roll Buffalo co-founder Seamus Gallivan says the statement the ride is making, on top of the excitement for the first ride of the season, will likely draw a crowd of thousands. Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome. “The slow pace, the safety, the structure that we put into it, makes it easy for anyone of any skill level to jump in and enjoy the ride,” Gallivan explained.
Bicyclists who plan to take part in Sunday’s ride should meet at the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park around noon. The ride will begin around 1 p.m. and will follow a route up the Scajaquada and will continue up the Humboldt, before returning back to the park for an after party with live music, food and drinks.
The Parkway Revival Ride will be a rare Sunday event for the Slow Roll Buffalo group, which hosts weekly rides through different neighborhoods on Monday evenings through October. All of the rides are free to join.
You can learn more about Sunday’s ride and the rest of the Slow Roll season on the group’s website: slowrollbuffalo.org