The asphalt contains synthetic particles called “luminophores" that glow in the night by emitting power captured from the sunlight.
Poland is setting a brilliant example in sustainability and eco-friendly systems by building this solar-powered glow-in-the-dark bicycling path, reported Sustainability Times. On September 23, the rural town of Lidzbark Warminsk opened a small biking path that glows blue in the dark. The pathway is charged during the day by the sun, and this section of the trail is a new addition to a larger recreation path that will lead up to Wielochowskie Lake.
Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path:— Laurel Coons 🧬🧬🧬 (@LaurelCoons) March 25, 2019
🚴Poland unveils glow-in-the-dark bicycle path that is charged by the #sun
🚴#Luminophore particles in the asphalt collect energy from the sun
🚴That #energy is then used at night, when the path lights up for up to 10 hours
🚴Glows blue at night pic.twitter.com/GLwCujFJXF
The pathway is designed by the European engineering company TPA Sp. z o.o, which came up with the technology that lights this segment of the bike path. The asphalt contains synthetic particles called “luminophores" that glow in the night by emitting power captured from the sunlight. TPA says the glow lasts up to 10 hours, as reported by the Polish newspaper Gazeta Olsztyńska.
Whoa, Poland is experimenting with “glow in the dark” cycling trails - made of a synthetic material that gives out light for up to ten hours at a time once charged by solar power during the day: https://t.co/ExFUX3NwgM via @boredpanda— Shivya Nath (@shivya) July 22, 2019
Feels so futuristic!#cycling #poland
Not only the bike trail is beautiful, but it is also extremely practical. Igor Ruttmar, TPA President and CEO, told ABC News, "We hope that the glowing bicycle path will help prevent bicycle and pedestrian accidents at night. It’s a problem here in Poland, especially in the areas farther from the cities that are darker and more invisible in the night.” At present, only 328 feet of the bike path glows at night and Ruttmar informed the news outlet that TPA may expand the project.
Ruttmar said, "We want to test out this short section. See how it endures the winter and then create a plan to make it longer.” Other European nations have also taken similar steps towards creating eco-friendly additions to public spaces. Daan Roosegaarde, a Dutch designer created a “Starry Night” bike trail, that was installed in 2014 in the town of Eindhoven, the same place where Van Gogh lived for a few years. The path is made up of solar-powered LED lights and is an interpretation of Gogh's classic painting 'Starry Night.' It covers around half a mile of the road and was inaugurated on the 125th anniversary of the death of Van Gogh.
In a conversation with NPR, Roosegaarde said, "You have people who are interested in technology to make landscapes which are energy neutral. You have people interested in cultural history and experiencing it in a contemporary way. You have boys and girls who have a first date and want to take their date to a special place. You have an artist like me who wants to create something just incredibly poetic, and all that comes together. A good project generates new stories."