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.