As a Christmas stocking filler the cyclists at bere:architects’ office (90% of employees cycle) were given high-tech anti-pollution masks, called the Totobobo SuperCool.
After some trepidation, due to how cyclists wearing anti-pollution masks are perceived by pedestrians and car users, I began to wear the mask about one month ago. To my astonishment, as I changed the filter pads for the first time this morning, I could clearly see the pollution particles that had been stopped from entering my lungs, which also seems to be helping against hayfever. My daily commute is 5.5 miles from the east of London, just enough to work up a sweat.
From seeing the evidence left on the pads I would now recommend that everyone wears an anti-pollution mask on their daily commute.