One day if you happen to pass by Poland and you are a bike enthusiast, you should definitely try a new bike path that glows blue with amazing beauty near Lidzbark Warminski in the north of the country.
As we all know, the use of bicycles is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel, and has a particular importance for cities to provide environmentally friendly transportation solutions. As one of the difficulties of business life, we can use our many bicycles on weekdays but only after we leave our work. Bicycle paths that we use in dark or illuminated by city lights can not always be engaging and this is now becoming a much more different experience thanks to the technology and creative ideas that are developing at this point. Although perhaps not a pioneer in this regard, Poland seems to be on the right track with the blue glowing bike path that we have passed through in the past days.
Poland based engineering company TPA Sp. Z oo. (TPA) uses synthetic particles called “Luminofors”, which allow the asphalt to be pre-charged by the sunlight, starting from the sun and illuminating with a fascinating blue color. Igor Ruttmar, president of the company, told the media about the subject that bike path that glows blue could emit light for about 10 hours. Waldemar Królikowski, director of the Olsztyn Regional Roads Committee, reports that the light cycling route is designed to increase the safety of cyclists at night.
In fact, the project is inspired by Daan Roosegaarde’s similar project inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’, but the technology used in the bicycle route in Poland is quite different from Roosegaarde’s Van Gogh theme. Roosegaarde’s project uses LED luminaires with synthetic phosphorous particles, but on the contrary, there is a project that is completely powered by solar energy.
At the beginning of this year, a different colored light way, slightly further south of Poland, attracted international public interest. In addition, the stunning “Light Road” of New Zealand’s Auckland city is designed to take the town’s inhabitants to the city’s bike trip with stunning pink designs. A similar concept was tested by the technology company Pro-Teq Surfacing, which in 2013 brought the Cambridge Council in the UK.
For now, this shimmering bicycle path in Poland seems to be in the test phase, but the company behind it thinks that technology can be produced on a larger scale, and even it is attractive for local governments in many countries, both in terms of environmental identity and cost savings potential. Let’s see if it will be anticipated as a trend, in the coming days, time will show.