In December of 2014, we started a new holiday tradition thanks to the addition of the trioBike Cargo to our fleet of bicycles. For the first time since moving to Vancouver in 2007, we set off to get a fresh cut tree by bicycle, proving once again that there isn’t much you can’t haul with two (or sometimes three) wheels, especially with the help of a bakfiets.
After we shared images of our adventure on as a part of the Living the Happy City series, we were discovered that—while already a very common trend in places like The Netherlands and Copenhagen—picking up your Christmas tree by bicycle is surprisingly common for much of our North American audience as well. Our photo gallery grew to include nearly 150 images of people happily hauling their own tree by all types of bikes, and we knew a tradition had begun.
Of course, after meeting so many people who shared our new tradition, repeating the crowd sourced gallery for 2015 was a no-brainer. After compiling our own photos and story of our annual trip to our friends at the local nursery, Figaro’s Garden, we waited in anticipation for images of fellow revelers and their trees. By Christmas Day, nearly 200 people has sent us their happy holiday images, and we enjoyed being able to share this tradition with friends across the globe.
While many people who sent us photos had picked up their tree as we had, with the helpful assistance of a cargo bike, we were also struck by the number of people that were able to do with their regular two-wheeled machine. When we started preparing to make our annual pilgrimage, a series of circumstances—including our youngest being without a bike due to a theft a few months back, and opting to get a smaller tree this year—we decided to try something new to get our tree home this year.
During our five-week tour of The Netherlands, one must-have item Melissa insisted came home with us was a transport rack, which we have put to very good use since coming home. With our bakfiets on child-carrying duty, we decided this year, it became obvious that the rack would come in handy once again. Back at Figaro’s, we selected a lovely four-foot noble fir, strapped it securely to the rack and set off home.
We received the usual strange looks from passersby, including the ever popular, “That’s one way to transport a tree”, but we’re happy to be able to use pedal power to make having a real tree possible every year. The warm, pine smell throughout the house is enough to keep the tradition alive, but it’s about the whole experience, heading out as a family, selecting the perfect tree, and the trip home, listening to the children share animated stories of how they plan to decorate it. It’s certainly a tradition we will hold onto dearly for years to come.
Aside from the usual build up for the holidays, this year we received some pressure to get our tree, as photos from our online friends started rolling in of their Christmas tree hauls. In fact, this year’s “Christmas Tree By Bike” photo gallery already had over half a dozen photos before we could add ours to the mix! We’re so excited to see the album grow over the next three weeks, and see all the creative and festive ways you all transport your trees. Be sure to send them our way by sharing them with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email.
For those of you who call Metro Vancouver home, Figaro’s Garden (1896 Victoria Drive) are happy to offer a 10% discount to anyone who arrives by bike to pick out a tree. We can attest they always have the loveliest selection!