Cycling to Liberty

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It’s a beautiful day and you know you should really go cycling and get some exercise, but your friends want to go see the Statue of Liberty and have some beers.

No worries, New York City Cycleboats will allow you to do it all at the same time.

New York City Cycleboats uses a boat manufactured by Cascade Cycle Boats of Bend, Oregon, that includes 10 cycling stations around a mahogany bar top and allows guests to power a paddle wheel that propels the boat up to 5 miles per hour.

Up to 16 passengers can join a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and crew for the ride from Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor Marina on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and back. If for some reason, the guests “run out of gas” a 50-hp outboard will keep the boat moving, but according to New York City Cycleboats owner Chris Coscia, the pedaling is remarkably easy.

All food and drink is BYO and although the boat does not have a head it does have a portable toilet for “extreme emergencies.”

Coscia saw his first Cascade Cycle Boat in Chicago, tried it, liked it and decided to buy one after talking to the Coast Guard about the viability of running one in New York Harbor. The boat will make its debut on May 3.

You can read more about it on the Soundings Trade Only website.