This bike path in Bruce, Canberra, Australia looks like it’s covered in thick sandpaper. This surface was made from materials that absorb sunlight to provide eight or more hours of illumination. Places such as parks and nature reserves don’t have street lighting due to the impact on native fauna and high costs. This new technology, which allows the path to emit a soft glow at night, is a great alternative. It boosts safety for pedestrians and cyclists at night and has less of a negative impact on nocturnal animals than street lights. Other similar paths are in Gosford, Australia and Nuenen, Netherlands, the latter inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
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