Tech & Science The first smog-filtering bicycles will roll out in China by the end of the year

11:12  13 august  2017
11:12  13 august  2017 Source:   Quartz

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The air- filtering bike from Dutch designers and cycle startup ofo could help clean up polluted cities.

New smog - filtering bikes are set to hit the streets of Beijing by the end of the year , reports Quartz. Smog -Free Bicycles Might Soon Become a Real Thing in Beijing. Sign up to get the entertainment, lifestyle and event news from That's China every week!

<p>Planet-saving pedaling. (Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde)</p>© Provided by Quartz

Planet-saving pedaling. (Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde)

Millions of Chinese cyclists may soon be able to ditch their air-pollution masks. Dutch innovation firm Studio Roosegaarde has partnered with bike-share startup ofo to develop a new model that can collect polluted air, purify it, and release the clean air around the cyclist. Studio founder Daan Roosegaarde confirms to Quartz that the first prototype of the smog-sucking “future bike” is expected to be ready by the end of this year.

Unveiled at the TED conference in April, the “Smog Free Bicycles” are part of Roosegaarde’s suite of objects to address the global air pollution crisis. Last year, he unveiled a Smog Free Tower in China that could purify 30,000 cubic meters (about 1 million cubic feet) of air every hour. The collected soot is transformed to fashion accessories—rings and cufflinks—so advocates can wear Beijing’s smog as memento mori.

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New smog - filtering bikes are set to hit the streets of Beijing by the end of the year , reports Quartz. Beijing smog air pollution Biking Bicycle . Heavy Pollution Hitting China This Winter. Not only is this winter going to be the coldest since 2012, it's also going to be very smoggy .

Smog -Free Bicycles Might Soon Become a Real Thing in Beijing. The air quality in Beijing and its surrounding areas has officially gotten worse during the first four months of the year . Instagram of the Week: @luciebonjour. Ofo to Roll Out Smog - Filtering Bikes by End of Year .

The Smog Free Bicycle had remained largely a conceptual rendering until ofo’s 26-year-old CEO Da Wei formally asked Roosegaarde to partner with him when they were on stage at the Dailan World Economic Forum in May. “He puts his hand forward…he surprised me,” recalls Roosegaarde. “I shook his hand and that was the beginning…That’s the Chinese way.”

  The first smog-filtering bicycles will roll out in China by the end of the year © Provided by Quartz With Beijing-based ofo’s fleet of 6.5 million bikes in more than 150 cities and 3 million daily users, Roosegaarde hopes his air-purifying bikes can have a lasting impact on ameliorating deadly air pollution around the world. “We’re ambitious. This is not meant as a one-off, artistic project,” he explains. “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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New smog - filtering bikes are set to hit the streets of Beijing by the end of the year , reports Quartz. Beijing smog air pollution Biking Bicycle . Heavy Pollution Hitting China This Winter. Not only is this winter going to be the coldest since 2012, it's also going to be very smoggy .

The first smog - filtering bicycles will roll out in China by the end of the year .

He has had a measure of success with Smog Free Tower. A recent study by Eindhoven University of Technology professor Bert Blocken showed that Roosegaarde’s creation effectively reduced pollution up to 45% within 20 meters (65 feet).

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