Got the Winter Blues? Organizers of the 2017 Winter Blues Ice Crawl have a cure ready for you. Saturday February 18th from 4-11pm, a half-dozen Main Street Clarence establishments will participate in the latest edition of what’s become a very popular bike-friendly pub crawl series.
The event is open to adults 21 and over, and includes a buffet dinner and an after party featuring Mercury Blues Band. Event check-in will begin at 3:00 pm at Gianni Mazia’s on Main with the crawl heading out at 4:30 pm.
Advance tickets are available online for $10, and walk-up registration the day of the event will be $15.
Although promoting cycling is a focus of the Ice Crawl, the event will be multi-modal. Participants can choose to follow the crawl by bike, on foot or by riding the crawl shuttle (shuttle access is included in the registration fee).
The #ClarencePubCrawl series started in February of 2016 with the original Fat Tire Winter Crawl, and subsequent outings have built on the original goal – to create fun, seasonally themed events that demonstrate support for a bike-friendly Main Street in Clarence.
The Ice Crawl is jointly hosted by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce, Clarence Hollow Association and Discover Main Street, and organizers are hoping bicyclists from other communities continue to discover Main Street in Clarence.
Check-in opens at 3pm at Gianni Mazia’s (10325 Main Street). Tom’s Pro Bike will be on hand to do free bike safety checks and will have lights, helmets and other gear available to make sure you and your bike are ready and legal for a fun, safe ride.
After a cocktail at Gianni Mazia’s, riders will then move as a group to five additional restaurants and pubs. At each stop, crawlers will enjoy drink specials. Other participating restaurants will be the Hollow Bistro & Brew (10641 Main Street), the Cornerstone Bar & Grill (10651 Main Street), Clarence Bowling (10718 Main Street), Clarence Grille (10250 Main Street), and the Penny Lane Café (10255 Main Street). The ride will return to Gianni Mazia’s for a buffet dinner and after party with live music from Mercury Blues Band keeping the crowd going from 8-11pm.
Several Clarence organizations in have been working together over the past two years to help make Clarence a bike-friendly community. in 2015, the first-ever Discover Main Street Fun Ride demonstrated community support for dedicated bike lanes on Main Street in Clarence. This past year, a bike corral and maintenance station was installed on Main Street at the Clarence Hollow Farmers’ Market, where it serves as a convenient rally point for group rides, and work has started on a slow-roll event slated for this summer so showcase Clarence to the entire Buffalo area. Increased rates of bicycle use have been shown to add to the vitality of community life.
The Winter Blues Ice Crawl is being made possible by support from the Clarence Hollow Association, Cortese Construction, Metzger Civil Engineers and Tom’s Pro Bike.