The Smog Free Bike – It Sucks Up Pollution and Blows Clean Air In Your Face

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The Smog Free Bike – It Sucks Up Pollution and Blows Clean Air In Your Face

The Smog Free Bike - It Sucks Up Pollution and Blows Clean Air In Your Face
The Smog Free Bike – It Sucks Up Pollution and Blows Clean Air In Your Face

The Smog Free Bike is the brainchild of Daan Roosegaarde and his team. Roosegaarde is a Dutch artist and entrepreneur, and the founder of Studio Roosegaarde, which is in the business of merging technology with the urban environment. The Smog Free Bike is the part of an even larger project known as the Smog Free Project, which also includes a Smog Free Tower that was already installed in Rotterdam and in Beijing.

The way this tower works is similar to how a vacuum cleaner works. Basically, it sucks up polluted air from its surroundings and then pumps out clean air in its vicinity. The Smog Free Bike works on some of the same principles.

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde stands in front of his smog-free tower in Beijing in 2016. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

It is known that a great way to fight pollution in big cities is to bike yourself around instead of taking your own car, or even the public transport if the distance is not that big. But in doing so, and especially if your city has plenty of cars already, then you’re exposing yourself to a lot of pollutants coming from the countless exhaust pipes all around you. This doesn’t mean that you’re safe in your car either, but that’s another story here.

In any case, the bike is currently in its development stage, but it will work just like the tower mentioned above. It will suck up polluted air from the front of the bike, filter it, and then release it all around you in the form of clean air.

“The bike is a perfect model,” Roosegaarde told Dezeen. “It has a double function as it cleans the air and reduces congestion while being healthy and energy-friendly.”

“The bicycle is part of the Dutch DNA of course, and Beijing and other cities in China used to be bike cities,” he continues. “We want to bring back its prestige and follow our ethos of making citizens apart of the solution instead of the problem.”

“It will always be connected with big programs of government and green technology and electric cars. They do top-down, we do bottom-up, and we meet in the middle.”

You might also be aware of Daan Roosegaarde and his previous project, mainly the tower. Because to promote the concept even further, he took the pollutants collected in the tower’s filters and made jewellery out of it.

A ring made from compressed smog particles captured in Beijing’s anti-smog tower. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)