Taxi service on two wheels in Bar Harbor

7:04 PM, Sep 1, 2011   |    comments
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BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A College of the Atlantic student has found an environmentally-friendly way to get people around Bar Harbor.

A taxi service on two wheels, called Bicycle Revolution, offers rides around the island and 30-minute town tours for $35.  

It's a business COA student Jose Merlo started for college credit.

Bicyclce Revolution is part of COA's business hatchery. The college provides office space, funding, supplies, and professional advice to start-up businesses.

"The history of colleges and students starting businesses is not so good," said Professor Jay Friedlander. "People like Bill Gates had to drop out of school to start a business. So we said, why shouldn't the school contribute to the process instead of getting in the way of it?"

A green and sustainable business was something COA wanted to support.

"It's a small example of how a town can implement green initiatives," said Merlo.

He has also found a niche as a sort of designated driver.

"After the bars, I get people safe [sic] home, so they don't stay around the streets drinking more," he said.

The bicycle taxis run Wednesday through Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

To schedule a ride, call 207-669-5016, or simply hail a taxi and flag them down on the street.


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