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These Smog-Sucking Bicycles May Help Clean China’s Polluted Air

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Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 24 July 2017
Dutch design agency Studio Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Project and Beijing-based bicycle sharing startup Ofo are teaming up to bring smog-sucking bicycles to China in an effort to help clean the country’s polluted air.
According to Studio Roosegaarde, the bicycles will “inhale polluted air, clean it, and release clean air around the cyclist, combatting both traffic congestion and pollution issues in the city.”

The project will be developed in China and the Netherlands in the coming months and was announced in a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China. Further details will be released about design and implementation in the fall.

‘Beijing used to be an iconic bicycle city,’ said Studio Rooseegard founder Daan Rooseegard. ‘Together with Chinese and Dutch expertise we will bring back the bicycle as a cultural icon of China and as the next step towards smog free cities.’

Similar initiatives aimed at reducing the dangerous levels of pollution in the country include Stefano Boeri Architects’ Nanjing Green Towers, a collective of mixed-use buildings characterized by green tanks and balconies with 1,100 trees from 23 local species and 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs, and Studio Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower, a seven metre tall tower that filters dirty air and releases bubbles of smog free air.