Pedal power meets petal power as cyclists on yellow ofo flower bicycles ride through London for World Car-Free Day today with air purifying flowers. Campaigners for a greener city took part in a blend of performance and floral artwork for the Chinese bike-sharing company.

The yellow ofo bikes: a new dockless bike-sharing scheme in London, were laden with flowers known to have a beneficial impact on air quality.

The installation, to mark World Car-Free Day on 22 September saw 15 ofo flower bicycles pedaled by young Londoners to promote going carless. The cyclists made their way across the city’s main landmarks such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Horse Guards Parade on the capital’s newest dockless bikes.

The botanical bikes all carried a series of ephemeral gardens by Kristi Lee of Hackney-based Wildchild Flowers that carry air purifying floral sculptures showcasing that the air is better on a bike. The flowers included chrysanthemums, gerberras, sunflowers – known to remove ammonia, benzene, xylene and formaldehyde from the atmosphere – and dracaena, ficus and Boston fern – which remove benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

ofo is the latest bike sharing scheme to land in the UK from China as a competitor to the ‘Boris Bikes’ recently launched in Hackney and has plans to expand into more London boroughs in the near future.