Things To Do In Buffalo in May: Buffalo Bike Tours
Today, Buffalo Bike Tours makes a major announcement - the kickoff of its 2019 season. The company, started last year with its “B/Sides Ride,” will expand by hosting a crowdfunding campaign, breaking ground with 3 new tours, and by partnering with GObike and Buffalo-Niagara Hostel to offer bike rentals.
Buffalo may have many tour companies – but none that celebrate the city’s proud past and rebirth in such a homespun way. Buffalo Bike Tours incorporate original songs performed on ukulele, poems, audience interaction, and themes not often associated with Buffalo – such as the underground railroad, reproductive rights, and LGBT history. More than 250 people attended its tours last summer and they responded with more than 50 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor. The company will expand its offerings with rides daily at 10:30AM and 4:00PM, as well as private tours.
Buffalo Bike Tours started last summer when owner Marc Moscato relocated back to his hometown of Buffalo, NY. He had no money or investors, just passion for two things: bikes and Buffalo. He saw an opportunity as no other company offered regular bicycle or food and drink tours – and differentiated the company from the city’s more commercial tourist trappings.
Buffalo Bike Tours’ offerings for 2019 will include:
Explore the deep cuts from Buffalo history – from civil rights to workers’ unrest – and how these movements have shaped the city today.
Bike through parks while learning about Buffalo’s heavy hitters – from wild Erie Canal stories to the Pan American Exposition and the city’s world-class architecture.
Earn your wings on this fresh trail through Buffalo’s tastiest restaurants and watering holes – with samples at 5 wide-ranging eateries.
An epic meal on bikes connecting the city’s history to its current immigrant communities through the lens of its culinary traditions.
“Buffalo’s resurgence has reached new heights as legions of new visitors explore our restored architecture, reinvigorated neighborhoods, and redeveloped waterfront,” said Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, Erie County’s destination marketing organization. “Buffalo Bike Tours helps brings all these new developments together in a compelling way, providing more options than ever before for locals and visitors alike to explore the New Buffalo on two wheels.”
Much of Buffalo Bike Tours’ model is based on community support and through partnerships with local organizations. This year, Buffalo Bike Tours will partner with GObike, a bike advocacy organization, to offer bike rentals. GObike will refurbish 8 of its bikes destined for the landfill, which will now be powdered coated, and made replete with decals, bike pennants, lights, and helmets.
“Buffalo is a great biking city and Buffalo Bike Tours comes at a time when there is a lot of momentum for the bike community,” said Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo. “Between the recent announcement of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation grant for a connected regional greenway system, continued implementation of the Buffalo Bike Master Plan which includes our first protected bike lane, weekly Slow Roll Buffalo rides, our SkyRide event and the Reddy Bikeshare system, Buffalo continues to develop into a great biking destination. We’re excited to partner with Buffalo Bike Tours on cross-promotions this year.”
Buffalo Bike Tours is also partnering with Hostel Buffalo-Niagara, where all its tours will depart from and return to. Jon Piret, a manager at Hostel Buffalo-Niagara, said, “Backpackers and travelers from all over the world stay here and use it as a home base to see Niagara Falls and explore the region via downtown Buffalo. The hostel’s mission is about affordable travel and connecting guests to our beloved creative communities. Buffalo Bike Tours will offer a wonderful experience for our guests to see the city in a different light by bike and learn of local history that has shaped the country’s history.”
On April 1, Buffalo Bike Tours will launch a month-long IndieGoGo campaign that aims to raise $5,000 for start-up costs through community buy-in. Supporters will be able to buy advance tickets, pick up swag, and even name a bike. The campaign will run for a month and culminate with Buffalo Bike Tours May’den Voyage on May 1, from 5:30PM-7:30PM, departing from GObike Community Workshop (98 Colvin Avenue). Everyone is welcome, and bike floats and costumes are encouraged.
The community celebration will feature:
- The debut of Buffalo Bike Tours new fleet of bikes
- Performances by the Buffalo Ukulele Club (a 40-member ensemble performing a medley of Buffalo songs)
- A short talk about the history of May Day by historian Chris Hawley
- The announcement of Buffalo Bike Tours season along with a ribbon cutting ceremony and adult beverages
- A 6-mile bike parade to Hostel Buffalo-Niagara for a reception for project backers, with more adult beverages
Buffalo Bike Tours May’den Voyage Program:
5:30 PM - GObike open for community gathering
6:00 PM - Program begins
6:30 PM - May'den Voyage departs from GObike
7:00 PM - Closing party at Buffalo-Niagara Hostel
7:30 PM - Program concludes
For more information, please visit buffalobiketours.com. To request an interview, or for questions, images, and to RSVP to the kickoff celebration please see contact info listed above.