Taking the strain
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CTA. 1995. Taking the strain. Spore 60. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Low-cost load-carrying devices: the design and manufacture of some basic means of transport by Ron Dennis and Alan Smith 1995 180pp price UKL 14.95 ISBN 1 85339 265 0 (Pbk) Intermediate Technology Publications, 103/105 Southampton Row, London, WC1
The task of transporting relatively small loads over short distances is one faced by many rural people, whether it is taking produce to market or bringing food and water to the home. Access to motorized transport and even animal-drawn carts may be unaffordable to many households, while traditional methods of transporting loads, such as headloading, not only require great effort but also carry the risk of injury or more permanent disability. Throughout the developing world a range of lower-cost transport devices has been developed. These include shoulder poles and back frames wheelbarrows and handcarts, carriers and panniers for bicycles, and load-carring panniers for animals and animal-drawn sledges. There is great potential to increase the use of these technologies by making their details available to more of the people who could benefit from them. Low-cost load-carrying devices looks at these basic transport technologies assessing the cost and possible uses of the different methods. The book contains information on the design and manufacture of such devices, mainly in terms of small-scale production by artisans and small workshops. There are many illustrations of the technologies in use as well as clear drawings showing design details. The book will therefore be of benefit to planners and development agencies as well as to small-scale producers. Low-cost load-carrying devices: the design and manufacture of some basic means of transport by Ron Dennis and Alan Smith 1995 180pp price UKL 14.95 ISBN 1 85339 265 0 (Pbk) Intermediate Technology Publications, 103/105 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4HH, UK