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Van Gogh-Roosegaarde, glow-in-the-dark bike path Thousands of luminescent stones are charged by the sun each day, and then glow after the sun sets.
Photo by: Studio Roosegaarde

Luminescent Stones Light Up Netherlands' New Bicycle Path

by / November 18, 2014

Earlier this year, a stretch of highway in the Netherlands became the “Route 66 of the future,” as it features road markings that are imbued with photo-luminescent powder – they collect energy from light and glow in the dark. Then in October, this same company opened the first highway with glow-in-the-dark markers -- the N329 in Oss, Netherlands (pictured above), is piloting the concept, which is aimed at increasing visibility and safety.

And this month, on Nov. 12, the company has done it again, also in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde has designed a new bicycle path that makes cycling in the dark a little bit safer, while also introducing an artistic element.

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde in Eindhoven, Netherlands, glows in the dark to show cyclists the way. It is part of the existing Van Gogh cycle route in Brabant, and is inspired by the artist's famous painting, The Starry Night.

The path does not use any electricity -- it features thousands of luminescent stones that are charged via solar energy during the day and glow when it gets dark. This new path is part of a program to celebrate Van Gogh in 2015, the 125th year after his death.

All photos courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde.