Exciting news from Inhabitat, Poland just introduced an amazing bike path that glows bright blue at night. The path near Lidzbark Warminski is illuminated by phosphor, a synthetic material that lights up after it’s charged by sunlight. Studio Roosegaarde’s “Starry Night” bike lane inspired TPA Instytut Badan TECHNICZNYCH Sp. z o.o to create the glowing bike path.
TPA Sp. z o.o president Igor Ruttmar told Gazeta Wyborcza that the material in the bike path can emit light for around 10 hours. Each day the path collects the energy that enables it to glow at night. Board of Regional Roads in Olsztyn Director Waldemar Krolkowski said the luminous bike path is meant to improve the safety of people biking at night.
According to Next Nature Network, the luminophores in the bike lane material can emit a variety of colours and the designers picked blue to suit the surrounding landscape.
They also researched the sustainability of the materials they utilised and how to make the materials as cost-effective as possible.
The technology utilised in the Polish bike lane is quite different from the Van Gogh-themed lane. Studio Roosegaarde’s bike lane drew on LEDs powered by a solar array and light-collecting paint. The glowing bike lane doesn’t need a power source at all. The bike lane is still being tested and it is not known how long the lane will last before it starts to wear out.
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