This isn’t a mockup, these are real cycle paths that glow in the dark.
Powered 100% by the sun with no external power needed.
Just 45-60 mins sunlight is enough to recharge the non-toxic material to glow for hours. The amount of light emitted does slowly fade as the stored solar energy is released.
A glowing cycle path doesn’t just look great but it improves the safety of cyclists and pedestrians alike.
These photos are from Lidzbark Warminski in the north of Poland and are the creation of TPA Gesellschaft für Qualitätssicherung und Innovation.
The nifty invention uses phosphor compound embedded into the surface of paths. Confusingly the phosphor compound does not contain Phosphorus.
A great invention as getting a power supply to lighting in the places it’s needed is often difficult and costly.
Glow in the dark cycle lanes actually exists and plans are underway to roll it out to more places. However more testing is need to discover the longevity and robustness of the invention.
Similar cycle paths have been created by the Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde in Van Gogh’s home town of Brabant. This was a tribute to the Starry Night painting but unlike the other cycle path needed LED lights to function.
The glowing paths can be several different colours including orange, green, blue and purple. Midnight blue was chosen to complement the surroundings and be effective at improving safety.