Buffalo! Self-Guided Bike Tours – Buffalo Rising
Buffalo Bike Tours has launched a new socially distanced cycle touring series that allows riders to hit the road safely, while providing some inspiration at the same time. The Ride a bike, Buffalo! The series offers five different self-guided bike tours to choose from, starting Thursday, March 7 and continuing every consecutive Thursday (5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4). These are free rides, but anyone enjoying the tours that depart from the Buffalo Bike Tours Canalside kiosk at 1 Naval Park Cove can say “Thank you” by leaving a tip. In addition, cyclists are requested to register on buffalobiketours.com then download the Ride with the GPS app (also free).
Riders on these socially distanced bike tours must use their own bikes or rent one from Buffalo Bike Tours.
Each visit includes:
- Cue sheets
- Curated landmarks (scheduled routes convey historical information about various Buffalo landmarks)
- Historical and interesting stories, photos and hyperlinks with more information
- Users can use their smartphones and follow programmed routes grouped around themes
- A PDF of the routes and printed copies designed by Buffalo artist and designer Julian Montague will be available in June
“This year is going to be tough for tourism in Buffalo and we probably won’t be doing a lot of bike riding,” said Marc Moscato, owner of Buffalo Bike Tours. “But we’re excited to make some of our content free for everyone to enjoy during these difficult times.”
The Niagara River Greenway supported this latest social distancing tour effort, to encourage people to get outside and stay healthy, while adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
Greg Stevens, General Manager of the Niagara River Greenway Commission, said,Ride a bike, Buffalo! aims to help the public become aware of the various possibilities of urban adventure. This also connects to our work on the Empire State Trail, completing trail connectivity between towns and cities. We are proud to support this project and look forward to expanding recreational opportunities throughout the region.”
Itineraries will be published every Thursday and will be emailed to all who register (at buffalobiketours.com). The schedule is as follows:
- 5/7 – East Side Loop
- 5/14 – Olmsted Pan American Loop
- 5/21 – Public Art Loop
- 5/28 – Waterfront Loop
- 6/4 – Architecture loop