January 02, 2012

On Your Bike Grandpa: Bicycles for Japan's elderly

As Japan's population ages many goods and services are being developed to cater for the elderly.  Items such as these tricycles which provide elderly riders with stable transport that has ample carrying capacity have become a common site around the suburbs of Tokyo.
Standard accessories include baskets (both front and rear), a dynamo light, mudguards, and a lock.  With an average weight of 25kg the 3 speed internal hub gears offer a some help when the going gets steep.  Prices start around ¥25,000 for the most basic models and extend to above ¥10,0000 for models with electric pedal assist.

As Japan's population shrinks, many elderly are are living alone and must take care of themselves.  Tricycles such as these allow them to maintain independence well into their senior years.

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