Riding on a bicycle can really feel like flying, and this new starry bike path will convince you that it’s true. A project from Studio Rosegaarde (who made their name for creating the world’s first glowing Smart Highways) the glowing Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path opened today in Neunen, Netherlands. The kilometer-long path is covered in swirling patterns that glow in the dark, inspired by the towns one-time resident, Vincent Van Gogh, who lived there from 1883 to 1885. Here his Starry Night comes to life using the power of the sun to charge photo-luminescent paint and a solar array for embedded LEDs.
The bike path isn’t just a project for aesthetic beauty, but also one that will greatly increase safety for nighttime cyclists. Anyone who has ridden on a dark path at night, with or without a bike light, knows that seeing into the distance is especially important, and difficult. This new path makes that ability easy for anyone, and the whole ride a lot more fun.