What about helping both the environment and your own body? Hitting two birds in one stone, eh?
With the booming bike sharing programs in China and the undeniable air pollution problems in Beijing, Daan Roosegaarde wanted to make use of the bikes' fame and create one that can suck up smog and release clean air.
His company, Studio Roosegaarde, launched what's called the Smog Free Project
about three years ago after experiencing firsthand the impacts of pollution during his visit in Beijing. "Some days I couldn't see the other side of the street," he told Motherboard
over the phone.
"The project is about the dream of clean air, clean water and clean energy," he said.
If you're familiar with China's smog-sucking tower
, this one is his project too. After the launch of such tower, he's planning to apply its mechanics on bikes.
"In the process, the smog particles are compressed and they clutter together so they can't disconnect, and once they've connected on a negatively charged surface they're not fine dust anymore [because they've clumped together to form a larger mass], and every month or two you clean the surface," he said.
He even mentioned giving some sort if incentive to encourage the people to return the bikes. "Maybe you return the bicycle when the filter is full and you get a reward," he said. "The reward system will be part of the design, but how and when I don't know yet."
He envisioned the de-smogging process to be powered by a combination of power from pedaling and a small solar panel. But since the project is still in the early stages, it is very open to changes. What's important, though, is the positive response of the people on the project. "In the last three days I've had calls from bike companies, people who want to work for us and mayors of cities [who want to implement it]" he said.