Poland’s blue bike path charges by sunlight

Posted by Elise Kirsten on 27 January 2020

Poland has a beautiful luminous bike path near the town of Lidzbark Warminski in its northern region.

The blue bike path is illuminated by phosphor, a synthetic material that is charged by the sun. The shimmering path was created by TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o and inspired by Studio Roosegaarde that created a glowing bike path in the Netherlands.

Commenting on the path Igor Ruttmar, president of TPA Sp. z o.o., said: ‘The material we used for the track gives light for over ten hours. That means the road can radiate throughout the whole night and reaccumulate light the following day

The idea behind the bike path is to improve the safety of cyclists at night, however, its beauty is an added bonus.

According to TrueActivist.com ‘the bike lane material can emit a variety of colours, through the luminophores’ (particles), however, ‘the designers behind the project picked blue to best fit in with the surrounding landscape’.

Next Nature Network explained that a priority was to ensure the lane was as sustainable as possible, as well as cost-effective, that way it did not need to cost more than traditional bike paths.

Despite Poland’s sparkly bike lane being based on The Starry Night bike path, a Van Gogh-themed lane in the Netherlands, the two have been constructed quite differently. Reportedly, Studio Roosegaarde’s bike lane was lit by LEDs powered by a solar array and ‘light-collecting paint’. TPA Sp. z o.o’s bike lane, however, doesn’t feature LEDs or paint but only relies on the light of the sun for its luminescence..

This article is based on the free-to publish post by TrueActivist.com.

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