Gallery: BLOOM Seed spewing device for your bike!

 

The long-awaited competition results for the Design 21: Power to the Pedal contest have finally been announced, and although there are some outstanding and innovatively green winners in the top finalists list, there is one entry that did not receive a top award that we were particularly impressed by – enough to give it some call-out attention. The Bloom bike device by Society Creative, LLC, puts a whole new spin on ‘exhaust plumes’ by attaching a reservoir-like-tube that emits bubbles and seeds as you peddle along pathways and paved surfaces. We think that Bloom is a clever way to encourage bike transport as well as greening strategies that literally clean up the streets with vegetable based soap and seeds. What better way to subversively draw attention to guerrilla gardening tactics than on a bicycle built for (seeded) spew?

Similar to the seeded tuft of a dandelion that is dispersed by the wind, seeds in the Bloom device are packed into a vegetable-based soap mixture to create a ‘nugget’ that dissolves while pedaling. This seed nugget is placed in a reservoir inside the Bloom’s aluminum housing, which is attached to the lower frame of the bike near the rear tire (similar to an exhaust pipe). As the cyclist pedals, air is swept in through the front of Bloom and in turn spins a pinwheel inside which picks up a small drop of the seed and bubble mixture. Bubbles result releasing seeds out the back as ‘exhaust’, which then becomes lodged in cracks and crevices throughout the city streets.

Over time, the seeds grow into grass and plants to create a green ‘fringe’ on sidewalks and pavement. Bloom is a Johnny-Appleseed alternative to concrete jungle touring, and we love that Society Creative, LLC, has taken a transportation challenge and transformed it into a catalyst for change and social design advancement. Bloom represents a flowering of design ideas that not only put the ‘power to the pedal’ but also to the people for solutions that we all can benefit from.

As Design 21 outlines there is a concerted push for the use of the bicycle “not just as a leisure activity, but as a solution to a range of problems like pollution, congestion, rising gas prices and issues surrounding community health.” In urban areas around the world, advocacy groups are staking a claim for bicycles and educating the public about the benefits of biking as a means of transport, fitness and fun.”

+ Bloom/Society Creative, LLC + Design 21/Power to the Pedal Winners/Finalists + Design 21 Power to the Pedal Competition on Inhabitat

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9 Comments

  1. Serendipia October 21, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I want one too!!! Is it hard to make a home-made version of this device??? Concrete Jungles!° Concrete Jungles!°

  2. lehas June 30, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    charioteeer , be sure it does ;)

  3. charioteeer June 23, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Does anyone know if this will work with marijuana seeds?

  4. joannaward June 8, 2008 at 9:05 am

    I adore this idea. There are so many spaces where there could be flowers and there’s nothing, and no where else for flowers to grow. This idea really could make a crowded city much prettier…if it gets past foot traffic that is.

  5. Chas June 6, 2008 at 9:24 am

    my kids would love this.

  6. Sammy Kaz June 5, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I like the idea of seed bombs, but great care is warranted. A nasty side-effect of driving is transporting seeds all over the countryside. As long as seeds are local, indigenous species, okay. But I\\\\\\\’m not sure I trust the judgement of all the cyclists out there, who may be seeding our native bikeways with unwanted weeds.

  7. Sarah Supernova June 5, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I love this! Where can I get one? I\’ve always wanted a bubbler for my bike (to perk up the day of those sullen car-drivers), but seed planting bubbles are even better.

  8. The green goods : Livin... June 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    [...] better way to subversively draw attention to guerrilla gardening tactics than on a bicycle built for (seeded) spew? The Bloom bike device puts a whole new spin on “exhaust plumes” by attaching a [...]

  9. Brian Lang June 5, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Nice idea, but this is going to lead to the increased use of herbicides as cities attempt to control the weeds growing out of the cracks in the concrete.

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