Plant Collections Powered by Pedals

August 20, 2015

It’s quiet. It’s human-powered. It’s a tricycle to be used by the Plant Collections Department, which is responsible for labeling trees and shrubs, and mapping the living collections of Mount Auburn.

Stephen Jackson, Plant Collections & GIS Manager, worked on New York City’s High Line where Worksman tricycles were used to transport gardening equipment along the 2-mile, linear garden constructed over rails.  He knew the tricycle could be successful at Mount Auburn however, there is an education process and story to tell our visitors – particularly bicycle enthusiasts who have wanted to bike here for years.

Staff and docents know that bicycles are not allowed at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Are we disobeying our own rules with the trike?  We think not!  It really is a work vehicle.  It’s an affordable work vehicle with three wheels instead of four at less than half the cost of a used, electric golf cart.  It can be used in the same type of weather conditions in which the electric (GEMS) and golf carts are used.

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Meet Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Newest Work Vehicle

Our greenest vehicle is a Worksman Mover Tricycle, custom built in the USA for Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Mount Auburn Cemetery has a strong commitment to being good stewards of the environment, and this vehicle is one step in helping achieve that goal.  The tricycle is ridden by trained Mount Auburn Staff for working purposes only.

Environmentally Friendly – does not rely on fossil fuels to run

Quiet – does not disturb the environment or visitors

Healthy – a great form of exercise while working at the same time

Please send any comments or questions to: plantrecords@mountauburn.org

About the Author: Candace Currie

Director of Planning & Sustainability View all posts by Candace Currie →

4 Comments

  1. Elaine Peterson says:

    Any effort at reducing noise levels for the worker, the visitor or the local residents is a step, or pedal, in the right direction.
    And, no , I didn’t mean the residents below ground!

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