walking bicycle club is a new brand of electric bicycle developed by automotive parts manufacturer Katayama Kogyo in cooperation with caliber designers like Shuwa Tei and Kenya Hara, and other advisors. The result is part mobility, part fashion vehicle.
The three-wheel motorized “Walking Bicycle” is pedaled in the same way as you would walk, making for an intuitive vehicle that is “pedestrian” in style in the best possible sense of the word. Oh, and they look mighty fine too.
Going on sale in October for 290,000 yen (around $3,000), the makers have set a target of shipping 100,000 in three years. Who do they hope will buy this vehicle? The target is younger consumers but also the middle-aged.
It can reaches speeds of up to 15mph (24km/h). Obviously that’s not just due to the rider’s walking abilities. There is a built-in “power assist” electric motor, which on a single charge should be able to go up to 12 miles (20km) on an average road surface.
The cool thing is you don’t need a license to ride this on a public road in Japan (like other electric bicycles, it is counted in the same class an ordinary bike) and you don’t get tired like you do when pedaling on a regular bike since the muscle action required is more leisurely.
The Walking Bicycle is 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) long and weighs 36.3kg (80 lbs). It comes in several color variations: Brilliant Red, Moegi Green, Champagne Gold or Sakura Pink. Look out for it from July when the makers will open a showroom in Omotesando.