Glow-in-the-dark cycle lane markings come a step closer

Glow-in-the-dark cycle lane markings come a step closer

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As part of a new wave of citizens' initiatives, organisations are putting their weight behind Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde's plan to develop cycle lanes with light-emitting markings.

The Glowing Lines project involves road markings which absorb light during the day and emit it again at night. Launched by Roosegaarde earlier this year, the road users' organisation ANWB and construction group Heijmans now plan to take it a step further and look for suitable locations, the Volkskrant reported on Wednesday.

Glow-in-the-dark cycle lane markings come a step closer

The ANWB has urged its millions of members to nominate cycle paths which would be suitable for the new markings. 'This is a test,' Heijmans spokeswoman Marieke Swinkels told the Volkskrant. 'We are in a process of innovation... and the plan is becoming more concrete step by step.'

Heijmans has already developed the appropriate light-giving markings in its laboratories and has tested them outdoors. The paint continues to glow for at least eight hours, a far cry from 'glow-in-the-dark' decorations for children's bedrooms, Swinkels said.

The company declined to say which paint company it is working with.

Roosegaarde says the Glowing Lines project is part of a new wave of citizens' initiatives. 'Look at how people are taking charge of their energy provision and building their homes,' he told the paper. 'This project is on a par with them.'

Roosegaarde and Heijmans are also involved in the development of the Van Gogh cycle path in Eindhoven, a 600-metre route studded with light stones in the area where Van Gogh used to live. That route is due to open next year.


1 Comment To This Article

  • HTD posted:

    on 27th November 2013, 13:48:19 - Reply

    Although not able to ride a bike myself, I do applaud constructive and inexpensive measures to help us auto drivers avoid having accidents with them. Such OLED reflection systems not only allow drivers to better know where cyclists are designated to ride, especially without lights, but also gives cyclists a guideline where to avoid veering into auto traffic lanes.
    Cyclists and auto drivers need to be considerate of each other's rights on the road; drivers need to do their best to foresee and avoid injuring bike riders, who have no physical structure to protects themselves as automobilists do. Let's hope these new OLEDs save more lives and reduce injuries.