Funeral home offers bike hearse, basket coffin

Funeral home offers bike hearse, basket coffin

EUGENE, OR (KVAL/CNN) - There's eco friendly, and then there's green to the grave.

A cemetery bikes the dead to the burial, then lay them to rest in a basket casket.

"You can see on the inside here, you got your bamboo backing," Funeral Director Wade Lind of Sunset Hills Cemetery said. "And when the person's in there, it's just so delicate-looking."

Lind says natural burials can lighten the load on the wallet.

"In the basket aspect the weaving is similar but different as far as these are designed to carry up to 300 pounds," he said.

Sunset Hills Cemetery and Funeral Home has a two-wheeled option to get you to your final resting place.

As far as Lind knows, Sunset Hills is the only funeral home in America with a bicycle hearse.

"(When people see it, they tend to) do a double-take and that's kind of a neat thing because it expands their perception. It takes away the fear of death," Lind said.

Lind designed the bicycle hearse to carry a corpse on one last ride through the bicycle paths in Eugene.

"So I added a hub motor on to get me up and down the hills and give that little extra boost," he said.

So far, Lind has bicycled five for a green goodbye.

The bicycle-drawn eco coffin setup costs about $3,500, a fraction of the cost of what Lind calls a "big, ostentatious" traditional casket.

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