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Buffalo Co-Lab advances an equitable economy and democratic community, collaboratively integrating scholarly and practical understanding to strengthen civic action.

Christopher Bain

Phot of Christopher Bain
BS ILR, 2014
Buffalo, NY
GO Bike Buffalo, High Road

Work Highlights

The summer fellow will work on a project to increase options and infrastructure for bicycle transportation in Greater Buffalo: adding bicycle racks, working with major businesses especially in the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and expanding the number of businesses in a program that gives discounts for customers who commute by bicycle.

Student Insights

My work experience definitely provided me with a better understanding public policy and civic participation. After speaking with the Department of Works and others from City Hall, I’ve realized that only having a good idea is not sufficient enough to get the city government on board. It takes more than a good idea, it takes persistence and a positive attitude. Working at GO Bike also understand how important civic participation. When an organization is consistently doing work in the community it causes the citizens to participate as well, and that’s something that I noticed this summer.

Impact

I think I really impacted the community with the Bicycle Lane Request Form. I was able to give the community a voice which is a great service to the Greater Buffalo community.

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