Published on February 11th, 2015 | by GrowWNYAdmin0
Vote for Buffalo in Bicycling Mag’s People’s Choice Advocacy Awards!
BY: TIVONA RENONI, GOBIKE BUFFALO
We’re thrilled to announce that The Alliance for Biking and Walking, the North American coalition of local & state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations, has nominated GObike Buffalo for the Bicycling Magazine’s People’s Choice Advocacy Award. Phewph, that was a mouthful.
People’s Choice means that it’s up to YOU! GObike would not be where it are today without your continuous support, and this is no different. All you have to do is visit the nomination page and vote!
Why we were nominated?
GObike was nominated because of the success of last year’s SkyRide and our partnership with Mayor Byron Brown and the city of Buffalo to create a Bicycle Master Plan. Given the support of the Mayor, GObike secured funding that was matched by the city in order to develop this plan. The Master Plan is a huge deal not only because it will serve as a blueprint for bicycle infrastructure in Buffalo for the next 10 years, but it will replace the previous master developed in 1998 and later amended in 2008 that garnered no changes. Upon completion in 2015, the plan will provide short and long term projects to improve the safety of biking in Buffalo and increase connectivity throughout the city.
In an effort to demonstrate that roads were not strictly built for cars, GObike Buffalo hosted its first ever SkyRide as the culminating Bike Month event in 2014. This event was the first time the Skyway had ever been closed to allow for anything other than cars to cross it, and the event attracted 900 participants. The high volume of participation and media coverage this event created was indicative of the multimodal urban landscape developing in Buffalo.
The SkyRide served as a spectacular kick off for the partnership with the City of Buffalo and we highly anticipate it’s completion this year.