Water Bikes of Buffalo coming to Canalside - UPDATED
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • May 23, 2013 @ 10:27am
Due to a delayed shipment and weather issues, Water Bikes of Buffalo will officially be available to rent on June 1, not Memorial Day weekend, according to Canalside Buffalo.
Kicking off on June 1, you will now be able to bike past the giant grain elevators, alongside naval ships and down to the lighthouse near Lake Erie—yes, on the water.
Water Bikes of Buffalo will offer 10 “bikes” to rent by the hour to get up close and personal with Buffalo’s waterfront. Water Bikes of Buffalo will be managed and operated by a local family—the Florczak family. They are a multi-generational family from the area.
We chatted with Water Bikes of Buffalo spokesperson Lisa Florczak and here is what she had to say about the new program.
Will the bikes be available for rent every day during the week?
Lisa Florczak: Yes. As children are still getting out of school, we are following the lead of what the theme parks do and we’ll go weekends only the first couple weeks of June. After that we will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m until about 6 p.m. depending on rentals and weather.
Are there age requirements or limits for the water bike riders?
LF: There are four different styles of bikes including seven hydrobikes or single rider units, one tandem hydrobike unit which is for two riders, one aqua cycle or giant tricycle which is for two riders and the waterpillar which is the largest unit with seven foot tires that is also for two riders. The age requirement is eight years old or 54” (4’5’‘) to reach the pedals.
Why did you guys decided to bring water bikes to Buffalo?
LF: Our family is born and raised in the area and we have always wanted to be involved with Buffalo’s resurgence. Canalside will play a big role in this effort so we wanted to be part of the excitement.
With unlimited resources, what are some other activities you would like to see come to Buffalo’s Canalside?
LF: Other cities have attractions like duck tours, amusement rides, restaurants and retail outlets. Canalside is a perfect venue to create a well rounded experience for visitors and residents alike.
What can Buffalonians expect to get out of the Water Bikes of Buffalo program?
LF: The business was developed to provide both people visiting Buffalo and people living in the area a fun option to enjoy while at Canalside. Whether you want a quick workout or just the ability to take a leisurely ride checking out some of Buffalo’s historic waterfront, Water Bikes of Buffalo will give you that opportunity.
Here is a look at the bikes that will be available to rent, courtesy of the Water Bikes of Buffalo website.
In order to ride, life vests will be provided and are mandatory. Additionally, picture ID and liability waiver are required for rental.
A great addition to Canalside, Water Bikes of Buffalo will be joining Buffalo Harbor Kayak, boosting downtown’s water activity options. With competitive prices, both options seem to be affordable and a great alternative for Buffalo’s more adventurous and outdoorsy individuals. Groups, families and single riders can all be accommodated.
Water Bikes of Buffalo will be open from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. (weather permitting) from June 1 through Labor day. For more information on the bikes and pricing, check out the Water Bikes of Buffalo website.
Photo courtesy of Facebook.