GO-Bike Buffalo and Flying Bisons celebrates Biketoberfest
BY: Catherine Miller | October 09, 2013
SOUTH BUFFALO - The sixth annual Biketoberfest celebration held on Oct. 2 had it all; brautwurst, bikes and beer, sauerkraut and pork sandwiches from the filling station, and a 26 piece live German band, complete with lederhosen.
Sponsored by GO-Bike Buffalo and Flying Bison’s Brewing Company, the annual event promoted the bike movement that has befallen Buffalo. Held at Larkin Square, the open air and numerous bike racks in the new venue seemed perfectly suited for the event.
Felly Connelly of the German American Musicians Assoc. motivated the crowd to join the dance floor and led rounds of “ziggy, zaggy, ziggy” to which the crowd responded “oy, oy, oy”. The German American Musicians are a cultural favorite in the Buffalo area and brought with them a large horn section with plenty of oom-paa-paas. The dance floor was packed with young and old waltzing and polkaing to the German-Austrian refrains, while Flying Bison’s kept the Rusty Chain cold and available during breaks from the dancing.
The GO Bike Community Workshop is located at 98 Colvin Ave. and many of the GO Bike members chose to bike to the event from the workshop location. Not a big fete for many of the members who have gone to using their bicycles as their preferred method of travel in the city.
“Most places my family travels is within a one mile radius of our home,” stated Justin Booth, Executive Director of GO Bike Buffalo, “It’s too far to walk, and too close to use a car, so we bike,” said Booth who lives in the Hutch Tech High School area of the city.
The goal of GO Bike Buffalo is to make the City of Buffalo a more bicycling-friendly environment.
“I ride my bike to work most days,” said Amy Audetat, who works at the M&T Center in downtown Buffalo, “My company has bike racks in the parking ramps, which make it convenient for me to bike there and keep my bike safe while I’m at work.” Amy Audetat and Ryan Jones both biked to the Larkin Biketoberfest event instead of driving.
Many other attendees rode their bikes to the event and admitted that biking has become part of their norm. They bike to work, they bike for exercise after work, or they bike on weekends and days off just to experience the city and surrounding area.
“Biking allows us to see parts of the City and the area that we would not notice if we were in a car,” admitted bicycle enthusiasts Chuck and Cara Matteliano, “ and we love that Buffalo is becoming more bike-friendly.”
The Biketoberfest event at Larkin was initiated to raise funds and awareness for Go-Bike Buffalo. The GO-Bike Buffalo’s community workshop at its Colvin Ave. location refurbishes and repairs old bikes. Members and volunteers can learn to repair and maintain bikes at the workshop. Interested purchasers can also buy the refurbished bikes or sift through the spare parts available at the workshop.
If you have an old bike in your garage in need of a good home, consider donating it to the GO-Bike Buffalo organization. It will give you an additional charitable donation on your next tax return, and generate a refurbished bike back into the community. For more information contact GO-Bike Buffalo at www.gobikebuffalo.org or call 320-0193.