Lancaster woman moves house using bicycle

Debbie Mace moving house by bike with some of her neighbours from Lancaster Cohousing
Debbie Mace moving house by bike with some of her neighbours from Lancaster Cohousing

Moving house is one of the most stressful things we do in life - but Lancaster’s Debbie Mace didn’t make it any easier when she decided to do it by bicycle.

“I liked the thought of a challenge,” said Debbie, a keen cyclist who borrowed an eight foot cycle trailer for the move.

It took her six days, and eleven trips, to take her belongings the three and a half miles from Lancaster to her new home at the Lancaster Cohousing development in Halton.

Lancaster Cohousing said it aims to recreate old fashioned neighbourhoods where people know and support each other, and because of this ethic, Debbie got many offers of help from her new neighbours.

On one journey Debbie, 51, had five cycling helpers, towing two more trailers, two baby buggies and one with large panniers.

She said: “You’d be surprised how much can go in a baby buggy.

“Two boxes will fit in comfortably and you can even have a toddler sitting on top.

“That day someone had to stop the traffic so we could all get across the main road.”

Everything went by bike, including a dresser, chest of drawers, bookcase, dining table and chairs and two garden benches.

Debbie, an acountant, added: “I was exhausted by the fourth day.

“The last day was the worst.

“It was pouring with rain and the trailer got stuck in mud on my garden path.

“I had to unload and start again. Then at the end I was only just able to screech to a halt outside my new home because the lane slopes downhill at that point.

“But it was all worth it.

“It didn’t actually save me money because I had to take more time off work, but it was a lot more fun and less stressful than moving the traditional way.”