Illuminated cycle path inspired by Van Gogh in Eindhoven (The Netherlands)

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
A technology used in an illuminated cycle path celebrating the famous artist Van Gogh could provide a low impact and sustainable way of lighting cycle and footpaths.
Eindhoven (The Netherlands) now sees a 600 metre long cycle path near where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1883 to 1885. A joint venture between the city of Eindhoven and other partners, the path was designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde and features thousands of light-emitting stones.

The cycle path uses technology that could improve the sustainability of providing lighting on cycle and footpaths. Unlike traditional electric lighting, marking cycle paths with luminescent paint has a reduced impact on local wildlife and also has reduced costs associated with installation and maintenance.

ANWB, the Royal Dutch Touring Club, is leading on the development of the new technology, in collaboration with Daan Roosegaarde. Laboratory testing is taking place at Heijmans, a Dutch building services company, as well as in the open air to measure the paint's resistance to weathering.

For more information, click here (in Dutch).

Photo: Daan Roosegaarde
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