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By Tamar Turner, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — There is a new bicycle group that has emerged in the city of Syracuse. Slow Roll, an initiative first started in other states across the world made it’s way to Central New York as of last month.
“I’m always trying to figure out what it is I can do as a member of this community to help bring people together and make this city a better place to live,” said Chris Fowler, organizer of Slow Roll Syracuse. Fowler has always been passionate about community development and local businesses, so he decided to merge both ideas together.
The group meets every Monday evening at a different local business to bring potential customers there, but also familiarize people with different locations around the city. As weeks have progressed, Slow Roll has noticed an increase in participation and relationships formed by its members.
“Bring more people in the fold and be part of that relationship and turn these folks into the advocates and the ambassadors of a future Syracuse that is healthier, safer, and wealthier,” said Fowler.
One of the main ways they promote themselves is through social media. Slow Roll has Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram along with an email list to contact members who aren’t as active on these outlets. Fowler said the group is always looking for ways to reach more communities and show them that it isn’t just biking but this is a “mission oriented effort thinking about the future of this city.”
Slow Roll requires no previous cycling experience, and is geared towards everyone in the community. They are always looking for more people to join the effort, starting Monday’s at 6 p.m.