The Venetian Handcart

venetian handcartGiuliana Fornaciari draws our attention to yet another example of ingenious handcart technology: the Venetian cart.

The vehicle has two small wheels at the end of the horizontal bars, which are used to overcome the steps of Venetian bridges and staircases.

We have said it before: low-tech solutions are by definition local solutions. It is technology that adapts to the environment, not the other way around.

The picture comes from classified ads website Subito; the cart is for sale (199 euro). To be picked up in Venice, obviously.

Three more pictures here, here and here. More sustainable small-scale cargo options.