So far, its two 24-gear rickshaws have carried 80,000 passengers within a three-mile radius of the city centre: a “driver” can expect to take home £100 for an evening’s work.
The firm also delivers for about 400 local businesses, carrying some 300,000 items a year on six cargo bikes. An international courier service uses it for the final stage of its deliveries, dropping off the packages at the depot for distribution to recipients by muscle power. The firm also does work for the local authority and NHS, and has carted off hundreds of tons of waste for, er, recycling.
The problem is that growing the food to power the humans that power the bicycles emits more CO2-e than simply firing up the petrol driven engine being replaced.