Men Beat Traffic With Kayaks


NEWARK, N.J., (UPI) — A pair of New Jersey men said they have found a way to beat the traffic and tolls of their daily commute to New York — traveling via kayak.

Zach Schwitzky and Erik David Barber of Hoboken said the daily commutes to their Manhattan office in their kayaks have saved them money on gas and tolls and increased their amount of daily exercise, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Monday.

“We wanted to do something that was a little more eco-friendly and we said, you know what? We love the outdoors. We love to kayak. Why is it out of the question to kayak to work? And a light kind of went off,” Barber said.

The men said their kayak commutes are not without obstacles. Last Thursday they had to paddle their way out of some choppy wakes to avoid colliding with a ferry.

“They don’t see us — we see them,” Schwitzky said.

The men said they are hoping other kayak-loving commuters will join them.

“We’re hoping to get the community together and go from two, to four to 10 to 15,” Schwitzky said. “Then the boats will get out of our way.”

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