Slow Roll Buffalo raising traffic safety concerns

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An open letter about Slow Roll Buffalo blocking traffic has gone viral and it’s raising safety concerns.

Slow Roll is a group bicycle ride that meets every Monday night and attracts thousands of cyclists. But as participation continues to grow so are traffic concerns.

A letter went viral, saying Monday’s Slow Roll blocked traffic for 15 minutes in front of the emergency room at Buffalo General Hospital and Gates Vascular Institute. News 4 reached out to the hospitals, officials told us that video was reviewed and there were no issues, they say it didn’t impact operations.

Still, slow roll is making changes to make sure other places are not disturbed in the future.

In a statement slow roll said in part, “As the amount of participants has grown, we’ve increased the amount and preparation of our volunteers and Buffalo Police Department traffic officers, and evolved our organization of the ride to maintain safety and limit congestion. We conduct three stops (called “mass-ups”) in order to tighten the pack for both safety and traffic. In addition to stopping the ride in case of emergency for both civilian and official vehicles, we now often break into smaller sections to allow for automobile traffic to flow.”

Slow Roll says it continues to analyze each week’s route in advance with Buffalo Police to prepare for such situations. A city spokesperson says a police escort is assigned to each ride to mitigate issues.

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