Pedal to metal could mean clean water for bike owners as an
organization addressing the world's lack of access to clean drinking
water has come up with a creative way to bring safe drinking water to
areas in need.
Purified or safe drinking water is only available to roughly fifty
percent of the global population, leaving the other half having to take
their chances, travel long distances and/or go without. The company
Nippon Basic has taken both obstacles (traveling long distances to
access safe drinking as well as lack of access) into full consideration
with their creation of water purifying bicycles.
A major difficulty for developing countries who rely on global aid organizations to install water purification systems
is the maintenance. The residents of the area lack training, the
technology is outdated or simply the water purification systems costs
too much money for the residents to maintain and operate for an extended
period of time. Since many residents of developing countries rely on
bicycles as a form of transportation, Nippon Basic has developed a
bicycle, CycoClean, that comes equipped with tires that do no puncture
and with a built in water filter. A rider simply lowers the attached
hose from the bicycle into the water source, turns the bicycle right
side up, pumps the pedals with their hands therefore providing energy to
suck the water back into the filter and deliver it purified and toxin
The water filter attached to a CycoClean bicycle can filter 1.3 gallons of water minute.