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Local Bicyclists Form Advocacy Group

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Local bicyclists have formed an advocacy group to push for issues important to them. They met for the first time Wednesday night to discuss their plans for the future.

The advocacy group is the brainchild of Mike Rizzo, who depends on his bike for a living. Rizzo operates a downtown bicycle messenger service. So, is Buffalo, and more importantly its drivers, friendly to bicyclists?

"I'd have to say that it's not bad," Rizzo said. "Still, there appear to be enough problems that there needs to be more awareness of what everybody should be doing."

That was graphically demonstrated two months ago when eight bicycle riders taking part in Critical Mass were arrested by Buffalo Police during one of their rides. Rizzo says his group will try to educate the public about the rights of bicyclists. But he says he won't be in your face.

"I'm not going to make this a big thing, like bicycles are the greatest thing and cars are evil," Rizzo said.

Rizzo says another priority is working with local transportation planners on issues important to bicyclists. The Buffalo area is blessed with numerous bicycle trails. But Rizzo says some still need work.

"There are portions of the Riverwalk that have been left to linger without being finished."

Rizzo says bicyclists need to organize and demand more. He says the advocacy group hopes to meet every month.