Solar-powered glowing bike path reduces bicycle traffic accidents

Dutch town creates glow in the dark bike lanes
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Many bicycle accidents occur at night when visibility is poor

The Netherlands is one of the most bike-friendly countries in the world, and bike safety is an important factor in transportation policy. Accidents are especially likely at night, when cyclists are less visible.

Solution: Create glow in the dark, solar-powered bicycle path

The Dutch town of Brabant (where Van Gogh was born) found an interesting solution to this problem – they installed swirling patterns of solar-powered LED lights on bike paths to illuminate the way at night. Not only does this prevent cyclists from veering into dangerous territory, but it clearly outlines the bike path for vehicles and other travelers.

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