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Smog Free Bikes by OFO and Studio Roosegaarde, China Smog Free Bikes by OFO and Studio Roosegaarde, China

China cycles towards a cleaner future

17 : 07 : 2017 Technology : Design : Pollution

China – Daan Roosegaarde has worked with bicycle-sharing start-up OFO to introduce his Smog Free Bike to China’s streets.

When ridden, the bicycle creates a bubble of clean air that is released into the surrounding environment. It is designed for use in cities with high levels of pollution.

Each bicycle generates a small pocket of clean air, but the collaboration with OFO – China’s largest bike sharing initiative with 3m bikes in more than 50 Chinese cities – will amplify the effect. The project will be launched in Beijing, a city that used to be synonymous with cycling. ‘Beijing used to be an iconic bicycle city,’ Roosegaarde explains. ‘We want to bring back the bicycle as a cultural icon of China and as the next step towards smog-free cities.’

The Smog Free Bicycle, which is currently in development, was first launched as a concept in May 2017 as part of Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Project – an anti-pollution initiative that also features a smog-free tower and smog-free jewellery. The bike operates in a similar way to the designer’s smog-free tower in Rotterdam, trapping and removing smog particles before releasing clean air back into the atmosphere.

Roosegaarde is also planning to construct a smog-free tower in India later this year, and plans to introduce further iterations of the technology in Colombia and Mexico in the future.

The Big Picture

  • Consumers are increasingly concerned about pollution in urban areas and brands are stepping in where governments are failing, helping to redesign city infrastructure to tackle the problem. For more, see our Civic Brands macrotrend
  • LS:N Global has been exploring the impact of pollution on consumer behaviour worldwide and shining a spotlight on forward-thinking brands that are tackling the issue. Read our Smog Life series to find out more