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Cycling could soon do more to clear the air

January 2nd, 2014 | by Events Staff
Cycling could soon do more to clear the air

Britain has taken to cycling like it’s going out of fashion. The gold rush from the Olympic games, along with the triumph of Britons at the last two Tour de France races, has seen the number of people out on the road soar by hundreds of thousands in the last few years, and it’s only going to do wonders when it comes to helping the battle against air-pollution. However, we could soon be doing more to combat it, and the best part is that we don’t have to do anything more than go out on the bike.

Bangkok’s Lightfog Creative & Design Company have come up with an idea which, whilst only being a concept at present, could help clean the air. The bike would have a purifier mounted on the handlebars which would filter out the dust, dirt and carbon dioxide, leaving clean air to disperse towards the face of the cyclist and into the atmosphere. As well as this, its aluminum frame would run on a “photosynthesis system”, generating oxygen from a reaction between water and electric from a lithium-ion battery – or at least that’s what they hope. This technology will by no means conquer global warming or mean that clean air will flow into the lungs of every one of us, but with the increased numbers of people taking to bikes and leaving the car at home, it’s hoped that the combination of the two can make some sort of dent in cleaning the smog filled skies.

I know you’re sat there thinking it’s crazy (we did too), and there’s plenty even they don’t know about it yet, like how much of the air it could clean, or how long it would take to create on a mass platform – but if it does come to fruition, it could be one of the best eco-friendly inventions of the 21st century. Watch this space.

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