Commute by Water Bike

Bob Barrett commutes across Puget Sound on his water bike.

This is Bob Barrett. He works for Pierce Transit and he commutes two miles on the water across Puget Sound using his water bike. His ride takes 25 to 30 minutes. This Seattle Times story featuring water bike commuters also talks about Nat Hong, who rides a bike one half mile to the water, hops on his water bike for a 15 minute ride across the water, and then hops on another bike for the final stretch to his work. His 12-mile multimode cycling commute compares favorably to the 40 mile trip he’d make if he drove around the edge of the Sound.

Here’s another similar story about Nat Hong and his water bike commute. Bob talks about his commute in this video. It looks like the waterbike even has a cup holder so Noah can carry his coffee.

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0 thoughts on “Commute by Water Bike”

  1. Noah says:

    Next to someone using a hang glider as part of their commute, this is just about the most awesome thing I could imagine.

  2. david p. says:

    not hardcore enough…

    j/k, that’s seriously awesome.

  3. Rhome says:

    what about kayak?

    but yeah, this is a great commute.

  4. Ernie Bay says:

    As a lifelong bicycle commuterr, now twelve years retired, my favorite automobile commercial of all time was a short lived Volvo spot. An electric garage door opened in an upscale neighborhood while the camera lingered for a moment on the front of a gleaming new Volvo. Shortly a well dressed businessman with briefcase swooped out of the garage on a bicycle and disappeared down the street. The camera lingered another moment on the quietly parked Volvo and then the message flashed: ‘Think before you use it!’

  5. mark says:

    Bob’s water bike is a very good product. Also, consider the itBike at

  6. Carrie says:

    Hah! That is awesome! I do a “multi-mode” commute with a folding bike and a train but I wish I could go part way over water…

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