My name is Judah and I have a dream. A wild idea and burning passion for launching the next frontier in biking: water biking.
With two-thirds of our planet's surface covered by water and nearly one BILLION bikes in use around the world, the next evolution in biking has finally arrived. From gliding on glassy waters to jumping ocean waves, water biking combines the joy, adventure and health benefits of biking with the dynamic terrain of water. It also can provide a new form of sustainable and affordable alternative for hundreds of millions of people around the world who otherwise sit in traffic on bridges and tunnels for hours each day. Crossing the Hudson river into New York City takes just 15 minutes. There are many cities around the world separated by similar bodies of water than can easily be biked!
It might be hard to imagine that one water biking will be an Olympic sport and mass form of transportation. But then again, mountain biking, which is a multi-billion dollar global sport and industry today, only started in the late 1960s. Ten years later, sales of mountain bikes surpassed that of road bikes. I am going to do the same thing with water biking.
But here's the challenge. Right now there is no water bike "kit" which can attach to any bike regardless of frame size or construction. My goal is to create a 21st century, modern, easy-to-use, compact system that works universally with any of the one billion bikes on the planet to enable riding on the water.
If BayCycle Project meets its funding goal of $50,000 by the end of the campaign, we will unlock another $50,000 of funds, free resources and labor! This will enable us to begin design and development of a new water bike model and ecosystem that will change the face of biking and transportation forever!
Because the ride doesn't end at the water's edge...
(To learn more about our story, check us out on CBS Evening News!)
San Francisco is known for its thriving bike culture, supporting hundreds of thousands of avid riders. Whether for commuting, adventure, performance, health, or tourism, biking is engrained in the city’s culture. And yet, there’s something missing: There is no bike lane that connects the residents of the East Bay to San Francisco. Although the new Bay Bridge has recently opened, it will take another $500 million and at least a decade to retrofit the western span of the bridge with a bike lane. The only way to actually ride a bike across the Bay, I realized, is on water. And not just in San Francisco but around the globe, there are so many places where water has been a barrier to bikers instead of playground. That's when inspiration struck!
I knew that I had to attempt the first ever crossing of the SF Bay bike. It was something I had to do - for myself, for my kids whom I raise as a single dad, and for people everywhere who just love to bike. The time had come to send shock waves throughout the world of biking and show people a new way to enjoy cycling for sport, recreation, transportation and health.
We are asking for your support as we ignite a new frontier in water biking! We want to create the most modern, easy-to-use, and safe water bike system in the world. One that works on any bike and enables millions to enjoy the beauty and dynamic terrain of water.
Our vision is to host the first BayCycle Cup events and races in 2014 and build momentum for turning water biking into a global sport that can be enjoyed by all.
We need your support to bring water biking and BayCycle Project to cyclists everywhere.
Your contribution will help go towards the following:
- Funding the design and prototyping of of a 21st century BayCycle water bike system.
- Developing the business infrastructure to scale operations and bring product to market
- Hosting free and sponsored group rides in the SF Bay Area, as well as five additional cities around the country.
- Developing an community and organizing body for water bike enthusiasts globally
Phase One (2013): Seeding Awareness & Galvanizing Support
- Website, social media channels, and video teaser
- Inaugural SF Bay and Hudson river crossings
- Test rides and events in 5 U.S. cities
Phase Two (2014): Design, Develop and Produce
- Commence research and design
- Manufacture prototype of first BayCycle product
- Host first BayCycle Cup water biking events and races
Phase Three (2015): Scale and Distribute
- Global events rollout
- Production of BayCycle water bike kits
- Infrastructure for water biking commuting in major cities
You can help us out by spreading the word about BayCycle Project on social channels and inviting friends, family and colleagues to be a part of the growing community.
You can also have Judah give a powerful and entertaining motivational speech at your next event.
Or, perhaps you just know a relative or friend who likes to bike ride and wants to get involved personally with BayCycle Project.
Read more about our quest to bring water biking to the world: