For Their Latest Slow Roll Ride, Gobike Buffalo Partners With The West Side Bazaar and Peace of the City

By Allan Mendoza

The weather for Monday, Sept. 25th’s Slow Roll ride was a different sort of sweater weather than most Buffalon resident expect during this time of year. Local temperatures had hit a near-record high of 90 degrees and only the low humidity and the much cooler nighttime temps keeping the group bike ride from becoming too uncomfortable. Despite the initial heat, roughly 1,000 bike riders took part.

Everyone is proud to ride his bike ( Photo By Allan Mendoza)

But the weather wasn’t the only noteworthy part of the event. This time, the Slow Roll started at the West Side Bazaar, who partnered with Slow Roll’s parent organization Gobike and whose kiosks offer some of the ethnic best food and goods from the city’s refugee and immigrant community. While a pre-ride dim sum would have been nice, the Bazaar itself was closed as it normally is on Monday; however, some vendors were around during the ride’s after party. Also present was Peace of the City Ministry, a West Side organization that focuses on at-risk youth in Buffalo. Some of the organization’s members participated as part of their “Pedal for Peace” fund-raiser and took pledges and donations.

As for the ride itself, it went along an eight mile route. The group travelled through West Ferry, along Delaware Ave to Niagara Square. It then travelled along Franklin Street, Linwood Avenue, and past Lafayette Square before turning back to the West Side via Parkdale Avenue.
Like many of the rides Gobike hosts, including Slow Rolls, it was a great opportunity to take a closer look at Buffalo neighborhoods most of us just drive by or even avoid. And also like other Slow Roll rides, the event was essentially a 1000-person moving party with upbeat music coming from portable speakers and disco-like bike and wheel lights illuminating the long stretch of roads up and down the city.

The after party featured craft beer, drum circles, and hundreds of people chatting and relaxing after the ride. Among those who took part in the Slow Roll and stuck around for the party was Casey Zmich, who had just completed a two-year, 16,000-mile bike ride spanning much of North America and who had no shortage of stories to tell everyone.

 

Zelalem Gemmeda, the owner of Abyssinian Ethiopian Cuisine cooking coffee for riders while the event ( Photo by Allan Mendoza)

And while, as mentioned, the Bazaar was closed, several vendors there, including Abyssinia Ethiopian Cuisne, M Asian Halal Food and Kiosko Latino, offered some of their dishes after the event.

There are four more Slow Roll left events in the season, with the next one taking place at the Broadway Market. For more info check out the following:

GObike — gobikebuffalo.org
Slow Roll Buffalo – www.slowrollbuffalo.com
West Side Bazaar – http://www.westsidebazaar.com/
Peace of the City Ministries – www.peaceofthecity.org

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