Polish town tests glowing solar-powered bike path

By News Editor / Updated: 20 Oct 2016

Polish researchers are testing a new kind of glow-in-the-dark bicycle lane that they hope will help improve the safety of cyclists travelling at night.

The 100-metre-long lane, which was installed in the town of Lidzbark Warmiński late last month, is the first luminous bicycle path Poland.

It is also the first of its kind anywhere that does not require any additional energy sources other than the sun.

The luminous path cost 120 000 Polish złoty (€ 28 000) and uses phosphors that glow blue, a colour chosen to be consistent with the landscape of the Mazuria region – Poland’s lake district.

The makers of the new surface material, TPA, a Polish materials technology competence centre, say that the phosphors are able to emit light for more than 10 hours, and can recharge the next day.  

‘A similar path already functions in the Netherlands. Frankly, this was an inspiration for us to carry out a similar investment in Poland,’ said Waldemar Królikowski, the director of the board of regional roads in Olsztyn.

‘Our technology is different, however, and unlike the Dutch solution requires no additional power supply. The execution of such a path is part of our current campaign to improve safety.’

For more information, visit strabag.pl (in Polish).

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