Ride Your Own Way

Join us any way you want throughout the summer.

Create your
perfect Ride Day!

If Ride Day at the University at Buffalo won’t work for you, Ride Your Own Way!

When you ride this way, you are in control of your Ride experience. Pick a route, a date and a location that works best for you and enjoy the ride. It can be any day, length of time or distance, on a stationary bike or on the road – it doesn’t matter.

All that matters is that you ride for cancer patients.

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Ride Your Own Way kits

Ride Your Own Way kits will be available to order starting in March. Keep an eye on your email for more information. Kits include start-line banners, cowbells, tattoos, chalk and more!

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Downloadable routes

Need help creating a route? The Ride team created preset route ideas you and your team can follow. They vary in distance and location but are all guaranteed to be fun! Check them out and see how many you ride this summer.

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Create your own route

If you’re feeling adventurous this summer, consider planning your own route. Our handy guide gives you step-by-step instructions to create your perfect route. 

Suggested places to ride

There is no shortage of great places to ride in Western New York. If you are looking to get out of your neighborhood and try somewhere new, here are some bike paths and parks that are fun and scenic. Just remember to practice proper bike etiquette.

Buffalo

Olmsted Parkways

Niagara Greenway Trails

Outer Harbor (Ohio Street, Old First Ward, Canalside)

Botanical Gardens (South Park)

Northtowns

Ellicott Creek Park

Clarence to Akron Bike Path

City of Tonawanda Young Street Hub

North Tonawanda Gratwick Park

Grand Island (West River Parkway, Beaver Island State Park)

Rails To Trails from Buffalo’s LaSalle Station to Tonawanda’s Gateway Harbor

Around Grand Island

Southtowns

Boston Hills

Ellicottville

East Aurora

Orchard Park

Lockport

Empire State Trail on the Erie Canal

Rochester

Genesee Greenway Trail

Genesee Riverway Trail

Safety first!

However you chose to ride, make sure that you are being safe. Check out our safety page for bike safety resources and tips.

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university at buffalo north campus

more to be announced!

Routes on these weekends will range from 3-20 miles so if you’re looking to challenge yourself with a longer ride, we recommend following the Ride Your Own Way option – more on that below!

Our Downloadable Routes

outer harbor route

This route takes you on city streets and waterfront bike paths from Canalside to the Outer Harbor and back. Enjoy the lakeside while you log some miles!

grand island route

This route has you start from Beaver Island State Park (fees may apply). Ride up and down the west shoreline of Grand Island on the West River Parkway. You’ll be near the water, plus you’ll get in nearly 20 miles!

River & Rails Route

Ride the Rails to Trails bike path to the Empire State Trail on the old Erie Canal. You’ll then cycle along the Niagara River and back onto city streets with this route. You will finish your journey with a nice ride down Hertel Avenue.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Route

Looking for a challenge and an adventure? This route provides ambitious city riding along Frederick Law Olmsted’s Buffalo Parkways, including South Park, Cazenovia Park, Martin Luther King Park, Delaware Park, Richardson Olmsted Campus, with slight detours to the Central Terminal and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House. So many great sights to ride past!

Our How-To Guide

If you aren’t feeling any of our downloadable routes, check out this How-To Guide for designing your own route. You can even design a route that starts and ends in your driveway. Make sure you are registered and pick a mileage commitment of any length. Deciding how far you want to ride will be step one for planning your route.

Suggested Ways to Track your Mileage

There are a lot of great smart phone apps that you can use to track your mileage. Use your smart watch if you have one, or check out Map My Ride, Strava, Ride with GPS, Bicycle Ride Tracker, or similar tools. Just type in “track my ride” in your app store and many options will appear.

You could simply put your route into Google Maps to calculate your distance!