Suburban Utopia

Smog Free Bicycles

Dutch artist, innovator and NNN ambassador Daan Roosegaarde is internationally known for creating social designs that explore the relation between people, technology and space. In 2014 he initiated the Smog Free Project, consisting of an award-winning Smog Free Tower that produces clean air in public space and the Smog Free Ring, made of smog collected from the tower. Roosegaarde’s latest concept in his quest for unpolluted cities is the Smog Free Bicycle, a bike that purifies pollution as you pedal.

Supported by the Chinese Central Government, the Smog Free Project holds the reputation of being “the largest outdoor vacuum cleaner in the world” and has been on a mission to clean the urban skies of some of the world’s most polluted capitals. The bicycle to that end, works similarly to the tower. Drawing its inspiration from the recent Smog Free workshop at M Woods in Beijing, the innovative bike inhales polluted air, cleans it and releases clean air around the cyclist.

“The bicycles will work in similar ways as the Smog Free Tower and provide a healthy and energy friendly solution for urbanites, combatting both traffic congestion and pollution issues in the city. It is currently in the first stage and is intended to become a medium for smog free cities, generating clean air by pedaling, creating impact on the larger urban scale. Its concept aligns with a growing attention in bike sharing programs in China such as Mobike, which is recording more than a million sharable bikes in the Beijing region”, the press release says.

“Beijing used to be an iconic bicycle city. We want to bring back the bicycle as a cultural icon of China and as the next step towards smog free cities” Roosegaarde adds. More concepts will be added along the journey towards smog free cities. For now, the smog free bikes stole the show at Tianjin International Design Week, where Roosegaarde presented an exhibition on the Smog Free Project .

Source: Studio Roosegaarde

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