Israeli-American Bikes On Water

This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.

On September 27, Judah Schiller was the first person to cross San Francisco Bay on a water bike. (photo credit: Courtesy of Judah Schiller)

On September 27, Judah Schiller was the first person to cross San Francisco Bay on a water bike. (photo credit: Courtesy of Judah Schiller)

Last Friday, an elated Judah Schiller was walking on air after riding on water. On September 27, Schiller became the first person to ride a bike across the surface of San Francisco Bay. This Thursday, he also plans on being the first to cross New York’s Hudson River in similar fashion.

It was only four months ago that the idea occurred to Schiller that a bike ride or commute need not end at the water’s edge. Conventional wisdom said that with no bike lane on the Bay Bridge, Bay Area cyclists like Schiller could not rely on pedal power to get them from East Bay cities like Oakland and Berkeley to San Francisco, and back.

But Schiller, founder and CEO of a design innovation firm, realized that if one could convert pedal power to propeller power, it would be possible to make the trip across the bay — not on the bridge, but on the water below it.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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