Swirling clouds in violet haze
As a new blogger I may often rub my hands with glee at the sheer volume of material the NSW Gub’mint has provided me of late, however I do occasionally resent the way this has distracted me from writing about a lot of the positive things I had bookmarked when I first started thinking about blogging.
Put aside the head-smackingly awful American election process, the criminally stupid climate change deniers who are apparently willing to drive us to right up to the door of doomsday as long as it’s in a 4-door sedan, children in custody and lets not forget the infuriating pending Armageddon triggered by the worlds religious nutters of all flavours.
There are still brilliant people coming up with the most amazing and revolutionary ways to go about one’s day to day life.
[Enough with this Art crap, where's the stuff about bikes - is what you're probably saying about now. Just hang in there...]
Today I choose to be optimistic in the face of my species apparent death-wish, and celebrate some of the people doing their best to unwind the horrific damage we have perpetuated on this poor bloody planet.
Inspired by Van Gogh’s work Starry Night [see, it all came together], and built in Van Gogh’s birthplace of Brabant in the Netherlands, this beautiful beautiful illuminated bike path is powered at night using rechargeable solar LEDs an the latest in glow in the dark technology. Lucky Brabantians.
A tourist attraction in it’s own right (it’s on my list of places to visit when we have our cycling highlights holiday in Europe) and what must be an utter delight for local cyclists, the path is fairly short, but it’s real purpose is as a demonstration of the technology and possibilities of Smart Highways – roads with rechargeable solar roads markings, and other intelligent design features (no, not that intelligent design) which adapt the roads to any traffic or weather situation. What a glorious interpretation of a prosaic function.
And the end goal ? smart highways with solar capicitor surfaces gathering enegry from the sun and in turn charging an electric car while it is still driving along.
Designed by the award winning Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, the first Smart Highways are currently in use in the Netherlands and are being implemented internationally.
Another video which for some reason I cannot embed; watch it here; https://www.studioroosegaarde.net/project/van-gogh-path/
Perhaps they’ll listen now...