A cycle lane scattered with glow in the dark fairy dust? No, we haven’t lost our marbles: Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure have pitched these glowing stones to the UK to create beautiful and supposedly safer cycle paths.
The lane pictured above is a segment of a 600m path in Neunen that’s been created using glowing stones. It was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh – who lived in the town from 1883 to 1885 – and his masterpiece Starry Night. The path will open on November 12.
And if that wasn’t exciting enough, the concept is being pitched to the UK along with the designer’s less ethereal idea of glow-in-the-dark road markings. These could provide excellent demarcation for roadside cycle lanes too.
The ‘smart highway’ has been installed in Oss, near Nijmegen in southern Holland. According to the BBC, Roosegaarde demonstrated the technology to authorities from Birmingham and London earlier this month. He said: “It is not just an artwork, we want to update reality.”