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Food Pedalers: Local eateries roll out eco-friendly bike delivery.

Next time you think of ordering in lunch or dinner from your favorite restaurant, consider having it delivered the green way.

The Harrisburg Bike Taxi service is going one step further to help out the community by teaming up with local restaurants to deliver food right to your home or office. El Sol, Arepa City, Mangia Qui, The Soup Spot, Ceasars Italian Ice and Pita Pit form a short list of Bike Taxi’s clientele. Delivering food via bicycle is becoming more and more popular as it is hassle free, economical and adds a unique feel to Harrisburg.

“We just purchased two new bikes from Maryland in April and they have more space in the back which makes it convenient for food delivery,” said Sean Hertzler, owner of Bike Taxi. He said food deliveries are made anywhere from downtown, Midtown and sometimes even to Uptown Harrisburg.

Lunch deliveries range from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The delivery rate for the bike taxi is $2.99 plus tip.

The Soup Spot, 1014 N. 3rd St., is Bike Taxi’s spotlight restaurant. They offer tips only rides for lunch or dinner. Randy Straub, part owner and chef, decided to use the taxi service for food delivery because he wanted to make his product available all day.

Another local eatery that has embraced this ecologically friendly practice is The Old Town Delicatessen, which recently opened at 512 N. 3rd St. Old Town offers its own bicycle food delivery service.

Ron Gilbertson, owner of this quaint restaurant, said they have two old fashioned bikes. “The old style bikes tie into the theme of the deli,” he said. They have top of the line deli meat and their breads come in fresh every morning.

Gilbertson likes the idea of bike delivery because bikes can get around the city easily and there is no hassle with parking.

Cribari’s Ristorante, 263 Reily St. in Midtown, also has its own delivery service. They make deliveries on their bike to customers within an eight-block radius.

Manager Charlie Cribari said they are working on building up their clientele and would like to extend the range of delivery in the future. This quaint venue offers Italian cuisine that is sure to satisfy your appetite.

Take advantage of this new eco friendly way to taste Harrisburg’s culinary scene.

Call Bike Taxi at 717-461-2202 for deliveries or call the restaurants: Old Town Deli, 717-856-8432; Cribari’s Ristorante, 717-412-0550.

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