Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Solar Bicycle Path

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path, located in Neunen, Netherlands, is an art installation showcasing interactive and sustainable technology. Created by artist Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure firm, the kilometer-long path runs through the city where renowned Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh resided in 1883, combining innovation with a celebration of Dutch cultural heritage. vangogh-roosegaarde-bike-path-05 The path has been open since November of 2014 and its swirling design is inspired by “Starry Night”, a painting Van Gogh completed in 1889. vangogh-roosegaarde-bike-path-06 This beautiful installation was made possible by “Smart Highway”, an innovative technology designed for roads, created by Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde path uses this technology in the form of thousands of twinkling stones. vangogh-roosegaarde-bike-path-12 They charge using solar energy during the day and illuminate the path in a breathtaking design at night. vangogh-roosegaarde-bike-path-02 This Smart Highway is made up of glowing lines that also collect power from solar energy and illuminate for eight hours every night. vangogh-roosegaarde-bike-path-08 The goal of the Smart Highway project is to create a smart road that uses sunlight for power and sensors to interact with traffic situations and provide appropriate signage. vangogh-roosegaarde-bike-path-14 These eco-friendly roads will feature: 1) glowing lines as an alternative to traditional street lights; 2) dynamic paint that will be able to detect temperature and warn drivers of hazardous road conditions; vangogh-roosegaarde-bike-path-10 3) An electric priority lane that will actually charge electric vehicles while they drive, which will stimulate sustainable transportation; vangogh-roosegaarde-bike-path-09 4) Interactive lighting that will only turn on when traffic approaches, which is resourceful and cost-saving; and 5) dynamic lines that allow lanes to be easily adjusted to fit any traffic needs. The “Glowing Lines” have already been implemented on a real highway in the Netherlands, with plans to expand internationally. Some of Studio Roosegaarde’s other exciting projects include a smog-free park, sustainable dance floors, and many other interactive art installations all over Europe. Video:

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