Owner of Buffalo CycleBoats, Brandon Bova had the chance to speak with WGRZ News Channel 2’s Dooley O’Rourke to discuss the launch of Buffalo CycleBoats in Buffalo NY.
We are only a few days into spring, but already, some folks around here are making plans for the warm weather head. Photojournalist Dooley O'Rourke introduces us to one man who's planning on combining bicycles and boats in the hopes of creating the newest craze on Buffalo's waterfront in today's "Tell me Something Good."
There are bikes that you pedal, and there are boats that you paddle. There are bikes for the ice, and boats for bikes. Now, Buffalo businessman, Brandon Bova, wants to add yet another combination and he wants you to ride along.
“It's a bike, it's a bar, and as well as a pedal boat” said Bova.
Bova plans to launch Buffalo CycleBoats in mid-May. Seen here in a promotional video, it's a paddle boat that you pedal. “It's kind of like a large pontoon boat, on top of the boat we have pedal bike stations. Riders then pedal the bike station, which turns the big paddle on the rear of the vessel, which propels the boat along the waterways here in Buffalo” said Bova.
“The boat seats 16 people, 10 pedal stations, as well as a bench seat where five other people can enjoy the ride without pedaling. So not everybody is required to pedal, and if you do get tired, we do have a backup motor” said Bova.
Perfect for those who don't want to work while visiting the waterfront.
We're launching out of Erie Basin Marina. We have a couple of routes, so if Canalside is very busy, we can alter our routes around them, you know, go down towards Black Rock area or go up towards Wilkinson Point” said Bova.
Bova takes delivery of his CycleBoat in about two weeks, and if the ice is gone by then, he's hoping for a summer of smooth sailing ... Of pedaling. In Buffalo, Dooley O'Rourke, Channel 2 News.