October 8 2016
Poland has just unveiled a glow-in-the dark cycle path powered by solar energy. NextNature.netreports that the path near Lidzbark Warminski is illuminated using synthetic ‘luminophores’ that light up after being charged by sunlight.
The material in the bike path can emit light for around 10 hours. Director of the Board of Regional Roads in Olsztyn, Waldemar Królikowski, said that the project is meant to improve the safety of people cycling at night.
In 2014, a cycle path that generates energy from sunlight opened in the Netherlands. Known as SolaRoad, the experiment worked even better than expected with the initial 70m stretch generating enough electricity to power a small household for a year.
We’ve also reported on a 20-mile cycle path in South Korea which features a roof made of solar panels. Running down the middle of a six-lane motorway, cyclists gain access by travelling through underground passageways. The solar panels are used to power the lights that line the road and also charging points for electric cars.