Rickshaw Transport – Kari Clifford

When you think of rickshaws, what images come into your head? Perhaps traditional China in the early 1900s, with people being carried on rickshaws through bustling streets? In terms of sustainability – the rickshaw stands proud. It was developed as a fully human powered vehicle. In fact, the word rickshaw comes from the Japanese language and means ‘human powered vehicle’. The rickshaw began in the early 1800s as a two or three-wheeled passenger cart that was pulled by a man. Over time, cycle rickshaws became popular, with even electric and solar powered versions.

Our topic of focus today is RICKSHAW TRANSPORT. What relevance could the rickshaw have as a sustainable mode of transport here in Dunedin? Its not a fanciful question because my guest for this show is Kari Clifford, who lives in Port Chalmers and who owns her own rickshaw that she has lovingly restored and uses very regularly on the streets of Port Chalmers.

To listen to this programme about Rickshaw Transport please click http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=24d3de0d-c7e7-4495-af73-fb61c326ba2e

For more information –

  • Check out Kari’s rickshaw at – Cliffords cab on facebook, and @clifford_cab

This programme was originally broadcast on  the  8th October 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City. The radio show Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard, a Sustainability Educator and Facilitator.


Clifford's Cab - the electric assisted rickshaw  refurbished by Kari Clifford

Clifford’s Cab – the electric assisted rickshaw beautifully refurbished by Kari Clifford



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