Blue Lights Show the Way on Bike Path

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October 11, 2016

A Polish town is lighting the way on cycling in the dark.

Engineers in Lidzbark Warminski, a rural town in the far north of the country, have unveiled a small strip of bike path that, in the dark, glows … blue. The blue comes as a result of synthetic particles in the asphalt that scientists have dubbed “luminophores,” which store sunlight during the day and emit the blue-hued light at night. The blue light can shine for up to 10 hours, scientists said.

The 328-foot section is part of a larger path that leads to nearby Wielochowski Lake. The plan is to install more luminophores, once the path proves workable.

The path mirrors efforts in recent years in other countries, notably England and the Netherlands.

Coincidentally, the bike paths are in cities associated with very famous people. England’s “Starpath,” unveiled in 2013, was in Cambridge, home to the very well-known Cambridge University, which has had many world-famous alumni and staff in its 800 years of existence. The Dutch “Starry Night” bike trail was unveiled in 2014 in Eindhoven, where painter Vincent van Gogh lived for awhile. And the latest example is in Poland’s Lidzbark Warminski, which contains Warmian Bishop’s Castle, whose famous residents include noted astronomer and author Nicolaus Copernicus, whose 15th-Century justification of the heliocentric theory of the solar system revolutionized astronomy.

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