If you’re going for a cycle in the evening in the Polish town of Lidzbark Warminski, your way will be illuminated by a glowing blue path. This is because it has been made using light-emitting material that charges in the sun.
The illuminated bike-lane was placed to improve safety and visibility for cyclists at night and to encourage more people to use this eco-friendly form of transport.
While inspired by a similar path in the Netherlands that uses LED lights, this solar-powered pathway goes a step further by removing any need for an electricity source.
The company that made them, TPA sp. z o.o, used chemicals that “ingest” light called luminophores to keep the path lit at night. This is the same synthetic material used in glow-sticks and glow-in-the-dark products.
The material is energised by certain radiation, in this case, it charges in the sun and can glow for up to 10 hours in the dark, with the luminophores “recharging” in the day-time when the sun re-emerges.
Much like glow sticks, they can be any colour but the town chose blue to reflect their local landscape.
The company told TechCrunch, that their installation in 2016 was their first to test the product and see how it operates in varying weather conditions with possible implementation for use in more roads in the future.
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