VIDEO: Bicycling Across the Hudson. Yes, You Read That Right.

Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 01:07 PM

Judah Schiller water biking across the Hudson (Elly Yu/WNYC)

Move over, bike lanes -- the future of two-wheeled transportation may be on the water.

Or at least 41-year-old Judah Schiller is floating the idea. On Thursday, he became the first person to bike across the Hudson River, leaving Hoboken, New Jersey around 11am and arriving at Manhattan's Pier 66 (just north of Chelsea Piers) a mere 15 minutes later.

Organizers had initially thought the trip would take 30 - 45 minutes.

Schiller, a Bay Area resident but a New York native, first had the idea while using bike paths in Oakland and San Francisco. He said crossing the Hudson was easy, although at times the current made it feel more like mountain biking.

"It's a beautiful way to see the New York skyline to come into Manhattan," he said. "It was probably the best New York City commute." 

The device is powered by a conventional bicycle atop a flotation device.

For more about water cycling, check out the BayCycle Project.


Comments [12]


Looks like fun, but not practical on a large scale.

Oct. 09 2013 10:42 AM
tesmith from colony washington d.c.

i bet a recumbent would work well.
tandem anyone?

Oct. 06 2013 12:40 AM
TOM from Brooklyn

At last an economical alternative to a $40 million bikeway strapped onto side of the VNB.

Oct. 04 2013 06:42 PM
Marta from here

Love the idea but would want to fall into that Hudson!

Oct. 04 2013 01:20 PM
Tom from UES, NYC

Bravo to Judah for trying to publicize this. A few clicks will reveal that:

1) He had nothing to do with designing it, it's been around since the late 90s (see: and was designed in Italy (see:
2) Judah has a $50,000 kickstarter (or similar) campaign to raise money to buy a bunch of these for his plan to commercialize it in the Bay Area. Nothing wrong with that, but I think it needs to be mentioned what the motivation is.

Oct. 04 2013 11:00 AM
Anon from San Francisco

Actually, it's called a Shuttle Bike and they are commercially available.

Oct. 04 2013 09:07 AM
Lars from Inwood

Cool, but been done before, did it from Dykman to Hoboken.

Oct. 04 2013 07:25 AM

yes, where the heck is the life vest ?

Oct. 03 2013 09:33 PM
Joe from Brooklyn

Citibike 2.0?

Oct. 03 2013 06:06 PM
Rodent from Ground Zero

Gives a whole new dimension to the idea of having a blowout.

Oct. 03 2013 05:57 PM
Susannah from brooklyn

That's awesome... Had to be slack tide—I've rowed on the Hudson when the tide is going in/out and it's brutal!

Oct. 03 2013 05:09 PM
Colleen from Brooklyn

...So if you fall off into the water, how do you get back on easily? Don't get me wrong, it's a fun idea, but yeah ... that's important to think about.

Oct. 03 2013 04:29 PM

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