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Brief Published: 23 May 2017

Air-Cleaning Bicycle for Smog-Free Cities

Smog Free Bicycles

Following the success of his Smog Free Tower in Beijing, a structure that collects polluting particles from the air (see Beijing Design Week 2016), Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is now proposing a new iteration of his innovation: the Smog Free Bicycle. Part of a growing project, the design aims to improve China’s poor air quality by making people part of the solution.

Drawing its inspiration from a recent Smog Free workshop in Beijing, the bicycle functions like a vacuum cleaner, inhaling polluted air from around the cyclist and releasing clean air instead. It’s intended to become an everyday way to tackle urban pollution, allowing cyclists to simply ‘pedal’ it cleaner. Currently in the first stages of design, the bicycle will incorporate the same patented positive ionisation technology used in the tower, which was validated as effective by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Supported by the Chinese central government, the project corresponds with the growing popularity of bike-sharing programmes in the country and especially in the Beijing region, which has over a million shareable bikes on record.

“Beijing used to be an iconic bicycle city,” said Roosegaarde in a statement, adding, “we want to bring back the bicycle as a cultural icon of China and as the next step towards smog-free cities.”

See the Breathable Futures section in our Reframing Rare report for more on the product innovations taking on China’s air pollution challenge.