Air purifying bike scrubs dirty air during ride

Designers work with engineers to come up with earth-friendly means of transportation

Talk about your pedal power! A group of designers and engineers out of Thai-based Lightfrog Creative and Design recently won a super-hard-to-win Red Dot award for their approach to an air-purifying bike.

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The bike – which is still in the concept / development stages and isn’t even a prototype yet – has a filter between the handle bars (right below where you’d put your Bluetooth portable speaker) that takes in dirty air and scrubs it of its pollutant particulates.

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The bike frame, meanwhile, works kind of like a tree leaf: it converts sunlight into energy, which is then stored to a fuel cell battery, and used to power an on-board electric motor.

The by-product of this system would be, naturally, oxygen.

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In an interview with FastCoExist, creative director Silawat Virakul explained the group’s approach: “We want to design products which can reduce the air pollution in the city. So we decided to design a bike because we thought that bicycles are environmentally friendly vehicles for transportation.”

He added: “Riding a bicycle can reduce traffic jam in a city. Moreover, we wanted to add more value to a bicycle by adding its ability to reduce the pollution.”

Pretty awesome stuff!

Might this bike make its way into future bike-share programs? I don’t think I’m alone when I say I definitely hope so!