Did you know that there is a solar-powered lane in Poland which is not just created to be beautiful, but to be safer for cyclers?
If you want to find out how it feels to glide over a river of bioluminescent and blue algae, ask the cyclists in Lidzbark Warminski, a town in Poland that is currently experimenting with a glowing bike path charged completely by the sunlight.
Cycling is without doubt one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel and thanks to this amazing glow-in-the-dark path, more people will be challenged to leave their cars in the garage and trek on their bikes through this luminous lane.
Entirely self-sustaining and cost-effective, this path is the dream of every passionate cyclist.
Who Designed this Amazing Bike Path?
The technology behind this design is of the TPA Instytut Badan Technicznych and it is installed by the contractor Strabag. The path is around 6 feet wide and 330 feet long and it costed around $31,000.
The installation is inspired by a similar bike lane in Netherlands that was designed by Daan Roosegaarde as homage to The Starry Night by Van Gogh.
What Is the Bike Path Made of?
This solar-charged lane is made of materials known as phosphors and it does not just make the ideal view for cyclists, but it also betters the safety levels when riding at night.
Through the luminophores in the material, the lane emits numerous colors, even though blue is the most accentuated.
How Does It Work?
The material incorporated in the lane provides light for more than 10 hours, that is, the path overnight releases light energy and recollects it the following day. This effect is achieved through aggregate properties without any usage of additional energy sources.
The creators decided to use phosphors glowing blue in order to go well with the local landscape, i.e. a lake near the town.
Want to see how this beautiful bike lane looks like? No worries- check out the photos below: