Van Gogh: World’s First Glow in the Dark Cycle Path

Just imagine, you are out on your bike and it is already getting late. After dark, thousands of tiny stones light up and you can imagine you are cycling though Van Gogh’s painting of Starry Night, the world’s first glow in the dark bicycle path. For sure it will be a magical and unforgettable experience! The bicycle path creates a place of wonder and inspiration, but is also an enhancement of public safety and local tourism.

How does it work?

The Van Gogh bicycle path charges at day-time and glows at night, which the bicycle path will be illuminated by thousands of twinkling stones. The glow in the dark bicycle path uses the led light-emitting technique. The light stones will charge during the day and emit light during the evening and display fragments of the famous Starry Night painting by Van Gogh.

Ode to Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was born in Brabant. It was here that he grew up, found his inspiration, made his first sketches and created his first masterpiece: The Potato Eaters. The Van Gogh cycle route invites you to be inspired by the heritage locations, Van Gogh Monuments and the countryside that was inscribed on Vincent’s heart. The Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde developed this 600 meters cycle path that contains thousands of twinkling colored stones. His goal is to make smart roads by using sustainable light, energy and information that interact with the traffic situations and will enhance the public safety.

Creative Solutions to Tackle Global Challenges

The Van Gogh bicycle path could be an inspiration of new ways cycling and transportation combined with arts and culture. The bicycle path is called a smart highway, which are interactive and sustainable roads for the future. 

Cycling is getting more and more popular in Indonesia. Cycling is a fun activity to do as a family and as means of transportation. According to The Jakarta Post, cycling appears to have helped people cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and is becoming a new way of a lifestyle. Switching to cycling, walking and public transport is one of the best changes an individual can make to reduce local air pollution and congestion. Therefore, the government is trying to improve the quality of non-motorized transportation in Jakarta. For example every Sunday, pedestrians and cyclists take over the city's main roads Sudirman and Thamrin, which are closed to private cars between 6 am and 11 am. 

Hopefully the Van Gogh bicycle path will inspire us all to come with creative solutions for transportation. Do you have any ideas?

Want to visit?

The Van Gogh cycle route forms part of the cycle route network in Brabant. The exact route of the bicycle path can be found here.