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World's First Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path Opens

•, Janelle Dela Cruz

The illuminated bike path was inspired by famous artist Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" painting and designed by Daan Roosegaarde.  The path runs through the Dutch province, North Brabant which is the hometown of world-renowned painter.
The route is embedded with thousands of small solar-powered LED lights. It is charge during the day and glows almost all night. The glow-in-the-dark effect was achieved by mixing a green paint and "photo-luminising" powder.

It gives a clearer road path for people who enjoy biking during the night and is a lot cheaper to maintain than street lights.

"I wanted to create a place that people will experience in a special way the technical combined with experience, that's what techno-poetry means to me," designer Roosegaarde explained.

The bike path has been in construction for two years. The opening marks the start of cultural activities prepared by The Netherlands, Belgium and France to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of Van Gogh's death (1853-1890).

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