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Portland business debuts new bike used to combat graffiti problem in metro area

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A Portland business is wheeling out a new method to combat what they're calling a growing graffiti problem around the metro area.

On Thursday, Portland-based company Graffiti Removal Services debuted what they call 'The Bike.'

The three-wheeled contraption was invented to replace the company's bulky trucks that often times can't fit into tight spaces to clean up graffiti.

The company worked with a local bike manufacturer in town to create the 'truck trike,' which carries bio-degradable, non-toxic cleaning products. They said they plan to use the bike in neighborhood clean-ups, as well as within the city.

FOX 12 spoke with the owner of Graffiti Removal Services who said other cities around the country should take note of a greener way to clean-up.

"We have no carbon emissions on this. Even though it is electric-assist and human-assist, we can get to a lot of places with just the bike. So I think cities all around the United States can use this model for park areas, pedestrian areas, and miles and miles of bike paths," said Paul Watts, owner of Graffiti Removal Services.

Some may recognize Paul Watts. He was featured on the reality show Shark Tank, pitching his invention.

The bike was partially paid for by online crowdfunding and the rest was covered by a private funder.

The bike can carry 600 pounds of equipment, plus the rider and peaks out around 18 miles per hour.

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