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Man rides water bike over Hudson River

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - A man from California has become the first person known to ride a water bike across the Hudson River.

Judah Schiller, founder of San Francisco based BayCycle Project, rode a specialized bike on the water from  Hoboken, N.J., to Manhattan on Thursday morning.

Two large pontoons on either side of a road bike carried Schiller as he pedaled across the Hudson.  When he pedals, it powers a small propeller that is controlled by his front wheel.

Schiller, who also biked across the San Francisco Bay last week,  left Hoboken Pier 13 at about 11 a.m. and arrived at Pier 66 on Manhattan's west side at about 11:45 a.m.

Schiller's mission is to prove that biking across a body of water like those around Manhattan provides a sustainable commuting alternative.

"I don't need a helmet, but I am wearing a personal water flotation device," said Schiller.

The only obstacle Schiller said to have encountered along the way was some garbage.

"I wish I could have pulled it out of the water," said Schiller.

He's trying to raise $50,000 to buy 20 bike flotation kits for his project.
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