Designer Daan Roosegaarde imagined a unique solution to China's pollution woes

A smog-clearing bicycle might sound like a fanciful figment from the whimsical mind of Dr. Seuss, but it is in fact a real project in the works by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde.

As part of Studio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Project, it includes a smog vacuuming tower in Tianjin that operates on “patented positive ionization technology,” and rings created from compressed smog particles in the tower.The bicycle concept is still in the early stages, but Roosegaarde intends to align with urban bike share programs in cities around the world, with the end goal of creating a “medium for smog free cities, generating clean air by pedaling, creating impact on the larger urban scale,” according to a press release.

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“We started in China and that has been successful now. India will follow and we see other countries popping up as well,” Roosegaarde said in a video release. “I would love to have a conversation with my grandchildren where they ask … ‘What is smog?' ”

Studio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Project

A smog-clearing bicycle might sound like a fanciful figment from the whimsical mind of Dr. Seuss, but it is in fact a real project in the works by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde.

As part of Studio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Project, it includes a smog vacuuming tower in Tianjin that operates on “patented positive ionization technology,” and rings created from compressed smog particles in the tower.The bicycle concept is still in the early stages, but Roosegaarde intends to align with urban bike share programs in cities around the world, with the end goal of creating a “medium for smog free cities, generating clean air by pedaling, creating impact on the larger urban scale,” according to a press release.