January 21, 2019
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Bangor bike-rental business plans to offer pedicab rides

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Jamie McDonough, the owner of Explore Bangor, gives Heather and Abe Furth a ride through downtown Bangor in one of her pedicabs on Friday. McDonough plans to operate two pedicabs beginning as soon as this weekend.

BANGOR, Maine — Need a lift downtown after a Waterfront Concerts show this summer?

Explore Bangor, a downtown Bangor shop that rents out bikes and kayaks, is adding another option to get you there — pedicabs.

The business’ owner, Jamie McDonough, purchased a pair of tricycle “taxis” that will be running between downtown, the waterfront and Cross Insurance Center on performance nights. One is a two-seater and the other can fit three.

The bikes arrived Thursday and could be in action for the first Waterfront Concerts show of the season — Dierks Bentley on Saturday night, McDonough said. Friday, McDonough gave rides to friends and business owners around downtown.

The pedicabs also could operate during the week, depending on demand, McDonough said.

For now, the pedicabs will operate as a kind of courtesy service, with pedalers accepting voluntary tips. McDonough said she’s looking into licensing requirements. City staff weren’t available Friday afternoon to answer questions about what licensing might be required for such a pedicab service.

A pedicab business is already operating in Portland.

The bike operators in Bangor will cycle back and forth between downtown’s West Market Square and the waterfront.

“If someone sees us and wants a lift, they can just flag us down,” McDonough said Friday.

Follow Nick McCrea on Twitter at @nmccrea213.


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