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A Fleet of Eco-Friendly Flower Bicycles Has Taken to the Streets of London

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Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 22 September 2017
In celebration of World Car-Free Day a fleet of eco-friendly flower bicycles has taken to the streets of London, one of Europe’s most polluted cities.

The yellow Ofo cycles, the latest dockless bike sharing scheme to land in the UK as a competitor to the Boris Bikes, made their way across the city’s main landmarks including the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Horseguards Parade.

Cycled by young Londoners, the bikes were laden with flowers known to have a beneficial impact on air quality and absorb pollution including chrysanthemums, gerberras and sunflowers – known to remove ammonia, benzene, xylene and formaldehyde from the atmosphere – and dracaena, ficus and Boston fern – which remove benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

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Ofo, the world’s largest dockless bike sharing platform, which is immensely popular in China, launched in Cambridge and Oxford earlier this year and launched in Hackney earlier this month. Future expansion is planned across the UK later in the year.

For more on London’s dockless bike schemes, check out our explainer.