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‘Glow-in-the-dark’ cycle path opens in Netherlands

The world’s first ‘glow-in-the-dark’ cycle path has opened in the Netherlands.

Glow in the dark cycle path

The 1.5km-long path features ‘Smart Highway’ technology which emits light during night-time, improving visibility and safety for cyclists.

The Netherlands also unveiled the world’s first solar cycle lane earlier this week.

The path was constructed by Heijmans, using a design by artist Daan Roosegaarde, and forms part of the ‘Van Gogh cycle route’ in Eindhoven. The design of the lighting in the path is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night.

The glow-in-the-dark effect is achieved by combining paint with a ‘photo-luminising’ powder. This charges up during daylight and gives off a soft green glow for up to eight hours at night.

In addition, a nearby solar panel is used to generate power to illuminate the coated surface. LEDs along the side of the path cast extra light, meaning it will still be partially lit if the weather has been too cloudy for the panel to charge the surface to its full brightness.

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