2007/12/22

Three Wheeled Open Sleigh

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This picture, by Satoko Kawasaki, was on the Japan Times website. Santa-sama is seen taking a passenger around Tokyo's Marunouchi office district in his eco-friendly "Velotaxi" decorated for Christmas. Velotaxis are human powered with an electric motor assist. (It must be very good exercise - Santa seems to have lost a lot of weight.) They are made in Germany and are being operated in many cities around the world. The lights on this one are powered by electricity generated by rooftop solar panels during the day.

Here's promotional video about the Velotaxi (3 min 38 sec):

6 comments:

Happysurfer said...

Neat! Kinda reminds me of the trishaws we have here though they are foot-pedalled.

ladybug said...

That looks like fun! We took a regular bike taxi around Central Park when we went to NY a year or so agao...(it was burnination hot and Snabby's foot was bad). They guy doing it looked like he sweated about 3 gallons of water, so we gave him a big tip. Ended up going to the Natural History Museum..which was cool since just a couple months later the movie "Night at the Museum" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night
_at_the_Museum ) came out!

QUASAR9 said...

Great sleigh

QUASAR9 said...

Hi Pandabonium,
here's wishing you and your close ones much merry making and all the best for the festive season

Swinebread said...

This make too much sense for city travel. It's like duh.

Pandabonium said...

Happysurfer - yeah, same idea, just with an electric motor to help the driver when starting off from a stop or going up hills. They have those "trishaws" in Honolulu and call them "pedicabs". Fun way to get around and see the sights.

Ladybug - definitely a job for the young and strong. That looks like a fun movie - especially if you'd just been to that museum.

Quasar9 - thank you, and same to you. Looking forward to another great year of your "out of this world" blog.

Swinebread - it certainly can play part in the city transport mix where cars are often not as fast as bicycles (or sometimes even pedestrians).