I am giving more thought to this rickshaw idea. I was originally thinking of the handheld rickshaw, but I've only seen the bicycle-style rickshaws for sale.
If I had a bicycle rickshaw, I would have to worry about repairs, possible accidents, licensing (if I'm going to be on the road), ...
The handheld model sounds easier, but there is the problem of user safety. What if I trip and the handle nosedives? The passengers are going to go flying out onto their faces. Also, if I have three hundred and fifty pounds of meat (which isn't unreasonable for two adults) in the back plus 80 pounds of rickshaw going down a hill, how do I stop it? Is there a handbrake?
This is getting more and more complicated. I just want to wear one of those ricefield worker hats.