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This Bike Purifies Air As You Ride

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What if your bike didn’t just get you from point A to point B with optimal efficiency, but actually cleansed the air around you as you rode? Thai designers Lightfog Creative & Design Company have unveiled their designs for just such a concept; a bike with a built-in air purification system.

The bike, which currently exists in concept only, would utilize a “photosynthesis system” that would generate fresh oxygen through a reaction between water and electricity from the bike’s lithium-ion battery. “We decided to design a bike because we thought that bicycles are environmentally friendly vehicles for transportation,” Lightfog’s creative director creative director Silawat Virakul told Fast Company. “We wanted to add more value to a bicycle by adding its ability to reduce the pollution.”

Of course, the details of the bike’s construction, function, battery life, and price have yet to be determined, but Lightfog have already won an Red Dot design award with their plans and plan to follow up with a prototype in the near future. It can’t come too soon. Now that China’s smog can be seen from space, the bike could have immediate widespread application.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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