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Man Invents 'Water Bicycle' to Commute Across the San Francisco Bay

by , 10/07/13

Judah Schiller, Water Bike, San Francisco, New York City, bike kit, ride on water, Green Transportation, Bicycles, Water Issues, San Francisco, New York City,

When Judah Schiller discovered that the new portion of the Bay Bridge bike path in San Francisco would only go halfway across, he decided to adapt his own bike to get to work – on water! With previous design experience (as the co-founder of Saatchi & Saatchi S and AIKO Agency), he ordered a bike kit from an Italian manufacturer, adapted his own mountain bike and started experimenting. He has since become the first person to water bike across the San Francisco Bay and even biked across the Hudson River in New York!


Judah Schiller, Water Bike, San Francisco, New York City, bike kit, ride on water, Green Transportation, Bicycles, Water Issues, San Francisco, New York City,

The kit Schiller uses can fit in a backpack and consists of two inflatable pontoons, a small propeller and a mount that attaches to the bicycle. It takes about 15 minutes to set it all up and five minutes to take it down and is “a lot more practical and enjoyable than spending an hour stuck in rush hour gridlock in a tunnel or on a bridge,” according to Schiller.

The intrepid entrepreneur has set up an organization called BayCycle to develop affordable and practical water bike kits by 2015 through an IndieGoGo campaign and hopes to help bike commuters ride on water in one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities.

+ BayCycle

Via Huffington Post

Photos by Judah Schiller 

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3 Comments

  1. Nimesh Fernando December 11, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Can I have his email address???

  2. Doug McVay October 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    It’s too bad you didn’t include the link or name of Shuttlebike, the company from Italy from which you wrote that he bought the kit from and that’s been producing these water bike kits for years: http://www.shuttlebike.it/
    The kindest thing I can say is, that’s not actually this guy’s invention.
    Just to make sure I’m not accused of promoting Shuttlebike, I should note that the Akwakat, a water bike kit from New Zealand http://www.akwakat.co.nz/, is also available.

  3. Neahle R.N. October 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Very exciting innovation!

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