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.