Rickshaws – a mode of transport with the lowest carbon footprint

A two or three wheeled passenger cart, rickshaws are a popular form of transport in most Asian countries.  A low-cost mode of travel, the rickshaw may either be pulled by hands or driven as a tricycle.  In recent times, it has evolved to fuel-driven auto-rickshaws that are an economical alternative to expensive taxis.  A hand-pulled rickshaw completely runs on manual labour and uses no fuel.  As a result, it has the lowest carbon footprint compared to modern transport.  In addition, it provides employment to male labourers and remains a symbol of simpler times.

Traditional rickshaw in Asakusa, Tokyo
Traditional rickshaw in Asakusa, Tokyo

 

Colorful Nepalese rickshaw in Kathmandu
Colorful Nepalese rickshaw in Kathmandu

 

Old fashioned Chinese rickshaws in Shanghai
Old fashioned Chinese rickshaws in Shanghai

 

Traditional trishaw kept in Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, aka the Blue Mansion in Penang, Malaysia
Traditional trishaw kept in Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, aka the Blue Mansion in Penang, Malaysia

 

Traditional hand pulled Indian rickshaw parked in front of a old building in Kolkata
Traditional hand pulled Indian rickshaw parked in front of a old building in Kolkata

 

Rickshaws in Japan parked under a cherry blossom tree
Rickshaws in Japan parked under a cherry blossom tree

 

Old Red Trishaw, George Town, Penang
Old Red Trishaw, George Town, Penang

 

Indian rickshaw driver drives kids to school in Delhi
Indian rickshaw driver drives kids to school in Delhi

 

Rickshaw in Vietnam
Rickshaw in Vietnam

 

Rickshaws in Xiang Yang, China. The first rickshaw in China was imported from Japan in 1874. It became a popular transportation for rich Chinese and foreigners.
Rickshaws in Xiang Yang, China. The first rickshaw in China was imported from Japan in 1874. It became a popular transportation for rich Chinese and foreigners.

 

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