When it comes to travel, cycling is definitely one of the most eco-friendly ways to get around. Now thanks to this awesome glow in the dark bike lane that is recharged by the sun, not only is it eco-friendly, it’s also very beautiful.
Found in Lidzbark Warminski in the north of Poland, this luminous bike path was created by TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o.
According to Next Nature Network, the luminophores, or “particles” in the bike lane material can emit a variety of colors, and the designers picked blue to best fit in with the surrounding landscape. A bike lane is still in the test phase. Though the bicycle path has been open to the public since Sept. 23, the company’s work is not quite finished. “We want to test out this short section, see how it endures the winter and then create a plan to make it longer,” said the team.
Yet the contractors aren’t the first to unveil a solar-powered bike path. Two years ago, on the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death, the Dutch town of Eindhoven built a twinkling 1,970-foot path that evokes the artist’s famous swirls in the painting Starry Night.
While the Dutch path lights up through solar-powered LEDs on cloudy days, the Polish version requires no additional power supply. This means that pedestrians in Pruszkow can stroll along a lit pathway for up to ten hours at night and ride over the same path the next day as it self-charges.
Made from a synthetic material, the pathway will emit a beautiful blue light for up to ten hours at a time after being charged by the sun during the day.
Although the blue path is beautiful and safer than a traditional roadway, it is significantly more expensive (the company has yet to reveal figures), which is why the current iteration doesn’t cover much ground. The contractors are researching various options to optimize production costs so that the technology can more easily spread to other locations.