Smog-filtering bicycle to roll out in China

A Dutch innovation firm has partnered with a Chinese bike-share startup to develop a bicycle that can collect polluted air and release back clean air.

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Millions of Chinese cyclists may soon be able to ditch their pollution masks after the Dutch innovation firm Studio Roosegarde and a bike-share startup named Ofo, developed a new model that can collect polluted air, purify it, and release the clean air around the cyclist.

The “Smog free bicycle” had remained a concept until  Da Wei, the CEO of Ofo formally asked Roosergarde to partner with the firm to produce it.

According to a report by Quartz, Studio founder Dan Roosegarde confirmed that a first prototype of the smog-sucking “future bike” is expected to be ready by the end of this year.  “Smog Free Bicycles” are a part of Roosegaarde’s suite of innovations to address the global air pollution crisis, which was revealed at the TED conference in April.

Last year, Roosergarde unveiled a Smog Free Tower in China that could purify about 1 million cubic feet of air every hour. The collected soot would then be transformed into fashion accessories so that its advocates can wear Beijing’s smog as memento mori.

Roosergarde hopes to have a lasting impact with the new model of bicycles, “We’re ambitious. This is not meant as a one-off, artistic project, thinking about millions and millions of these bikes, we can really have an impact on the air quality index of a city.”

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