BOOTFIETSER COMES TO HISWA
Have you ever seen a seaworthy bicycle? Whoever visits the ‘HISWA on Water’ exhibition in Amsterdam from 3 to 8 September can become acquainted with the world’s first sea-cyclist and his self-designed ‘bootfiets’ (an amphibian and pedal-powered boat). Ebrahim Hemmatnia welcomes HISWA visitors to his unique means of transport. His bootfiets has been designed to be able to carry out a voyage around the world, covering 35,000 kilometres by water and 15,000 kilometres by land.
For the duration of HISWA, both the bootfiets and the sea-cyclist can be found at Werfkade 2. There, visitors can scrutinise the bootfiets from inside and out, take photos and talk to the inventor himself. And what’s more, daily between 1:30 and 2 pm, he’ll give a talk about his bootfiets and journey around the world, and give an account of his experiences during the first trials. In April, the bootfiets easily endured its first sea crossing during a test trip to England. The bootfiets, named Melanie, has been brought about in collaboration with well known yacht and bicycle designers.
Voyage around the world
With his voyage around the world, Hemmatnia – a Dutchman with Iranian roots – wants to make a statement about creating a world without borders, and aspires to raise money for education for children in developing areas. He intends to travel around the Equator in 800 days. Everything that is needed to complete that great challenge will be on board – except a motor, because the bootfiets will be powered just by Hemmatnia himself. The vehicle and inventor have been in the news regularly in the past few months, including coverage in ‘Hart van Holland’ and NOS national news broadcasts.. The publicity has created a lot of support. Still, even more sponsors are sought, because a further 120,00 euro is required in order to make possible a departure this coming autumn.
For more information, see: www.bootfiets.com.
Want to make a contribution yourself? Send a text message 'donation 6217' to 1008.