0

Netherlands Unveils ‘Starry Night’ Solar Bike Path #SolarPower

NewImage

Netherlands opens a solar bike path designed to look like ‘Starry Night’ on the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death. by Hannah Weinberger via outside online

A new solar-powered, glow-in-the-dark bike path in the Netherlands aims to make bike commuting safer—and more beautiful.

By day, the half-mile path looks like any other paved bike route. But at night, 50,000 stones coated in a phosphorescent paint and solar-powered LEDs light cyclists’ way. Even cooler: Daan Roosegaarde, the designer of the solar bike path, found inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, laying the rocks and lights so they imitated the swirls of the famous Dutch painting.

The glowing route—which opened November 13 to honor the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death—is the second iteration of Roosegaarde’s Smart Highway project, whose mission is to build smart, interactive highways. The project launched earlier this month with the Glowing Lines roadway that uses three lines of glow-in-the-dark paint to outline the sides of the road.

Roosegaarde hopes the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bike path leads to more solar-powered roadways designed to store clean energy and keep commuters safe. One of his goals is to develop reactive paints that glow in temperatures below freezing, alerting drivers to potentially icy conditions. The other: to create closed, clean-energy systems that are as beautiful as they are energy-efficient.

“It’s a new total system that is self-sufficient and practical, and just incredibly poetic,” Roosegaarde later told DeZeen magazine.

The Van Gogh route isn’t the only solar-powered bike path in the country. Earlier this month, SolaRoad started laying solar panels into a bike path outside of Amsterdam. The power they generate will go back to the national grid.

Read more


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 12,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython 2019!

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell with Google Hangouts On-Air is every Wednesday at 7:30pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — SiFive is a startup to pay attention to. RISC-5 is here to stay.

Wearables — Swatch it up

Electronics — Code like everyone’s watching

Biohacking — Stroboscopic Visual Training

Python for Microcontrollers — CircuitPython takes flight! All aboard with datum, Bluefruit CPX, and more! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython #PythonHardware @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF @Adafruit

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.