Solar-Charged Bike Path Glows In The Dark

Solar-Charged Bike Path Glows In The Dark

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Ride or walk on an iridescent blue trail that gets brighter as the sky gets darker. It’s a reality in Poland.

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The glow-in-the-dark bike path, located in Lidzbark Warminski of northern Poland, is the world’s first light-up path that is fully powered by the sun.

Solar-Powered Bike Path Design

The path was designed by Polish engineering firm TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych (technical research institute) to create more energy-sensitive methods of illuminating bike paths.

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The phosphorescent blue paint collects sunlight during the day and radiates up to 10 hours in the evening, according to reports.

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The current stretch of solar-charged roadway is part of a testing phase to determine the durability and lifespan of the treatment.

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A First, For Bikes

This concept comes two years after a Dutch artist created a glowing bike path that depicts Van Gogh’s Starry Night. That path, however, derived its lumens from tiny LEDs.

The Netherlands also launched a 2012 “smart highway” project in Oss, using similar glow-in-the-dark paint for road markings.

If this technology lasts through four seasons and doesn’t affect the lanes’ traction, it could make energy-demanding, retina-searing strobe bike lights near obsolete in urban areas. We’re eager to see this evolve in bike infrastructures abroad and at home.

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Adam Ruggiero
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