A bicycle called the Strider that has no brakes or pedals is proving popular with parents of young children learning to ride, as its intrinsic instability helps improve sense of balance and eliminates the need for training wheels.

The Strider, developed by a U.S. company, is propelled by the rider kicking the ground with his or her feet and enables children to come to a stop or make a turn by instinct, enhancing their natural sense of balance.

Rihito Suzuki, 3, who began riding a Strider shortly after his first birthday, has already learned the technique of riding by standing on the saddle with only one foot and can ride a regular bicycle without training wheels.