Pedal your way to clean air

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BEIJING: It’s a known fact that cycling is helpful in controlling air pollution, but what if bicycles could eat smog? In a new initiative, the Dutch innovation firm Studio Roosegarde and bike share company OFO have come up with the idea of smog-filtering cycles. A screen between the handlebars pulls in air from below and then delivers purified air up into the face of the cyclist. The filter is powered by the pedaling of the cyclist.

The bikes can create a band of purified air, for cyclists traveling in a line, with each cyclist giving clean air to the person behind them. Roosegaarde hopes his air-purifying bikes can have a lasting impact on ameliorating deadly air pollution around the world. Ofo currently has 6.5 million bikes in China and 3 million daily users. “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,” said Roosegarde.