Narragansett Bay Features Huge Bike Lane

Newport resident Tyson Bottenus pedaled across Narragansett Bay on Sept. 27. (Travis Wright)

Newport resident Tyson Bottenus pedaled across Narragansett Bay on Sept. 27. (Travis Wright)

By ecoRI News staff

NEWPORT, R.I. — What does a resident of Aquidneck Island do when he can’t cross the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge on his bike? To solve the problem, Tyson Bottenus built an aquatic alternative using a kit that would allow him to cross Narragansett Bay on his 1980s Peugeot bicycle.

A movable drive train converts power from the rear wheel into a propeller just beneath the front wheel. The two pontoons are fully collapsible and fit snugly into a backpack. While Bottenus didn't require a helmet on this maiden voyage, he did decide to bring an orange life jacket.