Bike the highways!
ride buffalo's urban expressways!
Once again we have an opportunity to ride our bikes not just over the Buffalo Skyway, but on other local urban expressways, too! There are only a few rides like this in the world.
Strap on your helmets, hold on to your handlebars and get ready for the ride of a lifetime!
*Please note: this will be a challenging ride for some people. This route has a number of significant elevation changes and hills. Prepare for the SkyRide–get out and ride this season!
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Rising to a height of 110 feet and spanning over one mile, the Skyway is a high-level bridge that opened in 1955 to relieve traffic congestion for over 40,000 factory workers south of downtown.
Over 60 years later, the future of the bridge is uncertain as it reaches its life expectancy. Some are calling to tear it down while others are asking how it can be creatively repurposed–turning it into a linear park, for example.
As Buffalo reimagines its transportation system for the 21st century and beyond, what can you picture for the future of the SkyWay?
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Built in the 1950s to move traffic between the downtown core and the suburbs, this expressway replaced the historic Humboldt Parkway, a key connector in Frederick Law Olmsted's park system.
Today, neighbors and community groups like Restore Our Community Coalition (ROCC) are working on solutions to reconnect neighborhoods along this corridor and improve the quality of life for residents on Buffalo's east side.
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Originally envisioned and built as an outdoor oasis amidst urban life in the late 1800s, Delaware Park has provided Buffalo with recreational and natural space for the last 150 years.
In the 1960s, an expressway was constructed along Scajaquada Creek to link Route 190 and the Kensington Expressway, cutting Delaware Park in two.
Today, communities and stakeholders along the corridor are working with New York State officials and transportation planners to develop a community-oriented solution for the roadway. We're working alongside organizations like Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper to improve safety for road and park users alike, enhance neighborhood connectivity and restore the natural habitat in and around Scajaquada Creek.
Niagara Street is one of the main arteries of Buffalo and beyond, following the Niagara River from downtown Buffalo all the way to North Tonawanda. Most of it has high traffic volumes and isn't very bike-friendly.
That's going to change with the construction of Buffalo's first protected bike lane, as well as a number of other projects along the corridor reconnecting communities to the waterfront. Construction begins this year.
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