Cyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and walkers took to Bailey Avenue Thursday evening to demand the City of Buffalo improve its infrastructure in East Side neighborhoods, especially main thoroughfares like Bailey.
The Buffalo Board of Education passed a resolution last week asking city leaders to keep 15 mph speed zones around schools intact and to make infrastructure changes that would make it easier for drivers to comply.
GObike Buffalo announced the launch of a feasibility study and community outreach Monday morning, for a planned 80-mile bike trail that would connect Buffalo to the community of Hinsdale in Cattaraugus County, with connections to several communities in between.
The coronavirus has exposed many inequities and disparities that exist in our community, and among those is transportation. Now, more than ever, having a safe means of transportation to work, to get groceries, or assist relatives is important.
Alternative transportation advocates often encourage people to ride bicycles if they can, but that community is facing a big challenge. Women only account for a quarter of bike trips in the United States.
With the elimination of free parking on weeknights and Saturday along with increased rates at certain meters in downtown Buffalo, many residents are speaking out in opposition of the recent changes. However, GObike Buffalo Executive Director Justin Booth believes this could benefit the city in the long run if the revenue generated is invested in public transit improvements.
With the arrival of warmer weather - more people are out riding their bicycles. And also losing them to theft. So local law enforcement and others are offering tips on how riders can protect their wheels.
The City of Buffalo's plan to grow its network of bicycle lanes includes recent additions in Elmwood Village. Cycling advocates say it not only promotes health but improves safety for all travelers along the routes. And they say there will be some who still rely on two wheels as a means of transport in the coming months.
Making Buffalo a more bikable is the topic of a meeting being held Thursday night. The partnership between the City of Buffalo and GObike Buffalo will host the second public meeting of the Citywide Bicycle Facility Master Plan.