Eindhoven

Glow in the dark

more than a year ago
Always wanted to cycle through a Vincent van Gogh painting? Head down to Nuenen, a small town on the northeastern fringe of Eindhoven where the famous Dutch artist lived and created his first masterpiece: The Potato Eaters. Recently, the world's first glow-in-the-dark cycling path was unveiled here that connects the Wolvenpad with Loostraat. This route was chosen because it joins two other famous landmarks painted by Van Gogh in his early years, namely the Collse and Opwettense watermills. The illuminated bike path itself is based on yet another renowned painting, Starry Night. A 600m stretch has been equipped with a special coating that recharges itself during the day (even when the sun doesn't shine) and shines at night. It’s like cycling through a living fairytale. In a country of five million cyclists and hundreds of thousands of kilometers of bike paths, this could be a new way to forgo traditional lightning methods to save energy. This innovative, self-sufficient path has already drawn attention from abroad in the UK and Quatar where 'smart' highways will gain similar illumination.

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