Bindlestiff Family Circus: Clown and Sculptor Unicyclists Cross the Williamsburg Bridge


Photo by Max Dworkin. Keith Nelson, co-founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (at left), and Robert Hickman, sculptor, and intrepid unicyclists, make riding their unicycles across all of NYC bridges a goal.

Unicyclists Robert Hickman, a sculptor, and Keith Nelson, co-founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, embarked on a journey starting in 2009, to cross all 2,078 bridges that exist in New York City. They’ve crossed 272 bridges to date, and should complete their impressively long-term goal in about ten years.

This past winter they made history when they unicycled across the Florida Keys as part of Sculpture Key West—over 130 miles, and 55 bridges. Their trip log is online at

The Florida Keys tour provided the first opportunity for Nelson and Hickman to cross bridges separating the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.