Think you need a car to carry a Christmas tree? Not so, say these Bay Area cyclists.
From front-loading cargo bins to bungee cords and handlebar baskets, these cyclists prove it’s possible — fun, even — to pedal their way to tree lot and back.
Chris Bruntlett of the Vancouver, Canada-based marketing company, Modacity, began collating photos of pedal-powered Christmas tree consumers some four years ago, he said. His family had recently purchased a cargo bike and were on their way to the tree lot when they passed by an ad mocking the idea that anyone could possibly carry a Christmas tree without a car.
“We resented that idea,” he said. “We saw photos in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen and Tokyo, even, because it was practical and enjoyable and, for some people, it was a family tradition.”
So, he started collecting those photos from across the world, including many from Bay Area bicyclists, posting them to social media sites to serve as inspiration for others considering ditching their cars at the tree lot. For some people, Bruntlett said it’s just easier to put a tree on a cargo trailer than it is to heft one over the roof of a car.
“And then you’ve got the added joy of riding the bicycle to the tree lot or nursery or wherever you got the tree from,” Bruntlett said. “Like our family, we turned it into an annual tradition, you make an evening of it with hot chocolate and looking at Christmas lights.”