I’m sure enchanté wasn’t the word on most French cyclists’ lips in Cabourg after seeing this quite extraordinaire sight, a giant Christmas tree sitting smack in the middle of a cycle lane, in front of a resort’s casino in the seaside city in the department of Calvados.
And this is not the first time cyclists have had to deal with the presence of a Christmas tree not really where they’d want it. France Bleu reports that the officials were guilty of the same act last year as well. The city officials said that there was no other solution than, *checks notes* placing the giant, estranged tree in the middle of the road, um sorry, no the cycle path because of wiring issues.
Dérailleurs du Calvados, a cycling group from the department said mockingly: “In Cabourg, they decided not to change last year’s “good” practices: they put the Christmas tree back on the bike path!”
As expected, cyclists are raging. Fransescu Garoby, president of Dérailleurs du Calvados raised the question that would a spruce have been pitched up in the middle of a road instead? He answered his question himself: “A priori, no.”
He added: “There are behaviours that local authorities allow for cyclists, but they would never accept that for cars, or motorised vehicles in general. This shows that cycling as a means of everyday transport has still not become a serious solution in the eyes of the elected officials. They continue to consider it a hobby.”
The cherry (or, star) on top of the situation is, that the route on which the tree was placed is on La Vélomaritime, the EuroVelo 4 cycle route which goes through Normandy in France. Garoby said: “It is a major route which crosses all of Europe, from Roscoff in Brittany to Poland. This track therefore runs along the entire coast of Calvados. And in general, it is a local route, used by local residents.”