These bicycles are designed to filter smog out of the air as you ride. This could be a game changer for smoggy cities like Beijing.

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018

Some days in Beijing are so hazy schools shut down, which isn't as fun as a snow day because you can't go outside and build a smog man.  The main contributor is coal burned in power plants, but the city's 5 million cars aren't helping the problem much either. So a Dutchman, named Daan Roosegaarde, has a solution: bicycles.

Leave it to the Dutch to suggest bikes. There are more bikes in the Netherlands than people. If anything, bicycles are now a source of pollution over there because Amsterdam has to dredge its canals to clean out all the bicycles, and that is not a joke.

But the bicycles Roosegaarde is pitching aren't just any bikes; he wants to make bikes that actually clean the air as you ride. Roosegaarde has some experience in this area: his design firm helped create a tower in a Beijing park that takes in polluted air and gives the smog particles a positive charge.  Once the smog is ionized, it's attracted to an electrode with a negative charge.

 

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