Amazing Glow In The Dark Cycle Path

An incredible glow-in-the-dark bike path will soon light up a section of the Danube River in Hungary to keep cyclists safe at night.

The pretty glowing blue bike path can be found near the city of Eger, in northern Hungary’s Komarom-Esztergom county.

According to national newspaper Daily News Hungary, the path will be made with special particles which absorb the sunlight and will measure 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long.

The Secretary of State for Transport Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Laszlo Mosoczi, spoke at a conference to announce the plans on 21st October.

According to Mosoczi, the glowing path is the first of its kind in the Hungarian section of a network of international cycling routes across Europe called the Eurovelo6.

Credit: Hungarian Road Kft/Newsflash
The two-kilometre-long glowing bike path near Esztergom in northern Hungary with fluorescent material

EuroVelo currently has 16 long-distance cycling routes crisscrossing Europe, in various stages of completion and when finalised will measure almost 90,000 kilometers (55,923 miles).

The Transport Secretary went on to describe the innovative paving, which contains silicate particles embedded in resin, a material which absorbs sunlight during the day then radiates it at night.

Now experts will carry out experiments to find the perfect concentration that will provide them with the desired brightness.

Mosoczi said that the path “contributes to the safety of cycling at night”, adding that the investment of the government only counts for between 4 and 5 percent of the total investment in the construction of the cycling path.

The glowing path mixture was patented by local entrepreneur, Tibor Farkas in 2011, who came up with the idea after missing a turn and falling off his bike.

The businessman funded the whole project, experimenting with mixtures and different weather conditions until he came up with the patented recipe.

Credit: Hungarian Road Kft/Newsflash
The two-kilometre-long glowing bike path near Esztergom in northern Hungary with fluorescent material

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