Update: Read about highlights from each bike tour on our Bike There, Buffalo Series.
There is no better way to see our beautiful city than on two wheels, and as luck would have it Buffalo Bike Tours has just announced the planned release of Bike There! 5 Self-Guided Buffalo Tours by Bike, coming May 7th. The tours, which are accessible through the Ride with GPS app, are free of charge, but tips are greatly appreciated.
Each tour includes cue sheets, curated landmarks, historical and interesting stories, photos, and hyperlinks with more information.
Routes will be released each Thursday and will be emailed to all those who register (at buffalobiketours.com). Route distances vary and bikers can always improvise, but as an example the first route is 11.5 miles on fairly flat terrain.
The schedule is as follows:
- 5/7 – East Side Loop
- 5/14 – Olmsted Pan Am Loop
- 5/21 – Public Art Loop
- 5/28 – Waterfront Loop
- 6/4 – Architecture Loop
Participants can access routes by registering at buffalobiketours.com. Buffalo routes all start from and return to Buffalo Bike Tours’ Canalside Kiosk (1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 14202). Participants must bring their own bikes, however rentals are available through Buffalo Bike Tours.
The project was created, in part, as a response to the COVID-19 crisis and to promote exercise, celebrate our great city, and instill social distancing. Using the Ride With GPS app, users can use their smartphones and follow along to programmed routes grouped around themes, conveying historical information about various Buffalo landmarks. 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 rough for tourism in Buffalo and we’re not likely to do many bike tours”, said Buffalo Bike Tours owner Marc Moscato. “But we’re excited to make some of our content free to everyone to enjoy during these hard times.”
The project is made possible with the support of the Niagara River Greenway, which actively works with GOBike and other cycling advocacy groups to promote opportunities for every community to explore our Niagara Region by cycling and walking on safe, attractive trails.
Greg Stevens, Executive Director of the Niagara River Greenway Commission said, “Bike There, Buffalo! aims to help the public realize the diverse opportunities for 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”.
ABOUT BUFFALO BIKE TOURS
Buffalo Bike Tours is passionate about bikes and passionate about Buffalo – and is dedicated to sharing the city’s story on two wheels. In 2019, we established a kiosk in Canalside and earned the achievement of being ranked the #1 traveler rated Tour, Outdoor Activity, and Food & Drink attraction in Buffalo on TripAdvisor. History tours provide sightseeing of Buffalo’s rich architecture while food tours provide samples of Buffalo’s best chicken wings and new foodie hotspots. See Buffalo from the best seat in the world and ride…before it snows.
ABOUT NIAGARA RIVER GREENWAY
Niagara River Greenway’s mission is to restore the ecological health of the Niagara River and enhance public access for all while enhancing the development of world-renowned scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Niagara River Corridor. NRGC is working with GOBike, City of Buffalo, Erie & Niagara County, and other state and local cycling infrastructure development champions under the Regional Bike Trail Planning Coalition.