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Glow in the dark cycling in Poland

By on 14th November 2016

As a Dutchie I am delighted that more and more European cities implement bicycle tracks and routes in their infrastructure. What makes me even more happy is this recently finished solar powered glow in the dark cycle lane in Poland.

‘How can we promote eco-friendly travel in our town?’, the people from Lidzbark Warminski in northern Poland, must have thought. They came up with a bright blue cycling strip, designed by engineering company TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o.

They developed small synthetic particles called “luminophores” to ‘charge’ the asphalt with sunlight. After being charged during the daytime, to road lights up for ten hours, until it needs recharging again.

The asphalt ‘road d’azur’ was inspired by Studio Roosegaarde’s Starry Night bike lane near the city of Eindhoven in The Netherlands. They made a 600 meter long sparkling track inspired by one of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings in 2014. The difference though, is that the Polish one is fully sun powered.

The luminous lane in Lidzbark Warminski is still in the testing phase right now, but we hope designs like these are going to become the new standard of cycling roads.

glow-in-the-dark-cycling-1All photo’s: TPA sp. z o.o.
glow-in-the-dark-cycling-2All photo’s: TPA sp. z o.o.

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