Eco-cabs ped­alling to­wards the fu­ture

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

GREEN means go for a new busi­ness ven­ture launched this week in Port Dou­glas.

Aqua Bub­ble, Port Dou­glas’s first eco-cab busi­ness, is now on the move with the launch at the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage on Fri­day.

New Port Dou­glas res­i­dent Mark My­ers set up the busi­ness en­cour­aged by the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings of the area.

“Port Dou­glas is ideal for the eco-cab, the weather is great, the streets are flat and every­thing is within close vicin­ity,” he said.

The new eco taxis pro­duce zero emis­sions, fea­tur­ing a 200-watt elec­tric pedal as­sisted mo­tor built into the front wheel.

They also come fully equipped with disc brakes, in­di­ca­tors, brake lights, front head­lights, mak­ing the eco-cab a fun and safe way to ex­plore Port Dou­glas.

The busi­ness has ini­tially launched with two eco taxis with plans to ex­pand in the fu­ture.

“We are also go­ing to in­tro­duce so­lar panels to the cabs within the next few weeks, mak­ing use of the abun­dant sun­shine here in Port Dou­glas,” Mark said.

“We will be run­ning short trips from the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage and other re­sorts into town and back again and we will also be do­ing trips from the Ma­rina into town and down to Four Mile Beach.”

Sher­a­ton Mi­rage gen­eral man­ager Lach­lan Walker said he was very ex­cited about the new car­bon friendly ser­vice on of­fer.

“New ini­tia­tives such as this are piv­otal to the suc­cess of the re­gion as a desti­na­tion,” he said.

“The eco cabs are an ideal way to show­case the desti­na­tion. They are green, healthy and a great tan­gi­ble way to ex­pe­ri­ence the out­door life­style here.”

They will be run­ning six days a week from 10am un­til 10pm and Mark is look­ing for rid­ers to join the team.

“It’s a fun job but does re­quire a cer­tain amount of fit­ness.”

Photo by AN­GEL FLETCHER

Pedal power: Mark My­ers with fam­ily Natalie and

Abi­gail

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