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In Eugene, You Can Go Green To The Grave On A Tricycle Hearse

Ecotrope | May 17, 2013 8:07 a.m. | Updated: May 17, 2013 9:18 a.m.

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Wade Lind of Sunset Hills Funeral Home offers a natural burial package that includes a basket-like bamboo casket and a ride on a tricycle hearse for $3,500.

Wade Lind of Sunset Hills Funeral Home offers a natural burial package that includes a basket-like bamboo casket and a ride on a tricycle hearse for $3,500.

Melissa Lind

KVAL reports on a tricycle hearse offered as part of a natural burial package at funeral home in Eugene. Maybe the only one in the world?

Sunset Hills Funeral Home offers natural burials with bamboo coffins and a bike ride to the grave for $3,500.

Owner Wade Lind came up with the idea of the tricycle hearse and sketched it out on a napkin after riding his bike to McDonald’s. It took two weeks to design and build the bike, which Lind said is quite heavy when pulling a casket.

“It takes a little bit to get used to because it doesn’t handle like a regular bicycle,” he said. “It’s extremely long, and you have to really think about your turns. And of course, who you’re carrying in the back.”

He electrified the bike last fall to make it easier to ride. He has delivered five bodies on it so far and now has a waiting list.

“When people see it, they do a doubletake and that’s kind of a neat thing,” Lind said. “It expands their perception. It takes away the fear of death.”

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