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December 4, 2014

CityMetric Advent 4: In Copenhagen, they're delivering Christmas trees by bike

By City Monitor Staff

Many of our enduring childhood memories of Christmas trees centre, not on carolling, decorating, or unwrapping, but on the gruelling experience of carrying a giant, bristling chunk of wood and sap through town with a collection of grumpy family members.

Now obviously we treasure this memory as much as any other piece of Christmas nostalgia. Nonetheless, we can’t help feel that the founders of Copenhagen’s new Christmas tree bike delivery service might be on to something. 

Juletræsbudet, the delivery company, pedal the trees they sell through the city for you, so you don’t have to coat the inside of your car with sticky needles or carry the tree yourself. Here’s their logo:

Of course, this isn’t quite to scale, so we imagine the reality is a little more precarious.

Many Copenhagen locals already use their own bikes and trailers to transport their trees home, as noted on the Copenhagenize cycling blog last year. And as this 1942 New Yorker cover demonstrates, it’s not exactly a new idea:

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Nonetheless, if you find city cycling risky enough without the addition of a large, balance-destroying tree, then perhaps it’s best to leave it to the experts. 


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