Think history is boring? Think again! The History Ride brings the city’s past to life through unforgettable stories, songs, humor, and local insight. On this bike tour, we’ll learn about Buffalo’s heavy hitters – from wild Erie Canal stories to the Pan American Exposition. We’ll also learn about some of Buffalo’s lesser-known aspects including the city’s significance to the civil rights and labor movements. Whether you’ve lived in Buffalo your whole life or you’re a first-time visitor, this bike tour is guaranteed to provide a new perspective and appreciation for the city.
I’m Marc, and I’m founder of Buffalo Bike Tours. For the last 15 years, I've made my career in public history. I’ve been Executive Director of Know Your City, a tour company in Portland, a Tour Guide for Everybody’s Bike Tours, and a Guest Lecturer for Road Scholar. Last summer, I moved back home to Buffalo to be closer to family and started leading history tours. I wrote songs, brought poems to read, shared jokes, and showed people some of my favorite places. But what I love most is meeting people from around the world and sharing my city’s proud history with them. I look forward to meeting y'all and pedaling with you around town!
- Introduction to Buffalo history and how it has shaped the city we know today. -World-class architecture: the Guaranty Building, Electric Tower, and Richardson Complex. - Wild stories of Canalside, the city’s historic red light district. - Buffalo’s first African American community and the underground railroad. - Buffalo’s amazing (and bike-friendly) parks and the legacy of Joseph Ellicott and Frederick Olmsted. -Experience Buffalo by bike!
History Ride – Best of Buffalo by Bike