A Glow-in-the-Dark Bicycle Path in Poland
Have you ever heard of a bicycle path that’s both glow-in-the-dark and charged by the sun?
Yes, this is no joke.
Poland has unveiled one of the coolest inventions that can benefit cyclists in more ways than one. It’s a blue strip designed specifically for cyclists, and it glows in the dark with one of the most renewable sources of energy on the planet.
This bike lane is found near Lidzbark Warminski in the Mazury region, north of Poland, and is the brainchild of a local construction company called TPA Instytut Bada? Technicznych Sp. z o.o. The idea seems familiar because the very concept was inspired by the Starry Night bicycle lane in the Netherlands that was created by Studio Roosegaarde. The difference between the Starry Night bike lane and this new glow-in-the-dark bike lane is the technology behind each.
The Dutch studio used LED lights to power up their lane, while the Polish group is devoting complete solar energy to power the lane’s luminescence. The whole strip is made of synthetic materials that allow up to ten hours of light – more than enough time to keep the night safe for nocturnal cyclists.
The whole lane has started with about 100 meters while in the testing phase. If all goes well during the testing period, then it’s totally possible to see these awesome glowing bike lanes light up the night for all cyclists to come. Hopefully it reaches other countries too.
Poland is already lauded to be one of the most cyclist-friendly countries in the world. This new invention that aims to protect and guide night-time cyclists only proves that Poland is making the conscious effort to promote a more environment-friendly way of traveling.
Doesn’t this glow-in-the-dark bike lane just make you want to hop on your bike and take a nice long night ride?
Images courtesy of TPA Sp. z o.o.