A couple of years ago, Rozgaarde Studio developed and built a luminous bicycle path in Eindhoven (the Netherlands). Inspired by this example, the specialists of the materials technology center in the Polish city of Lidzbark-Warmiński created their own, no less original version.
The development of a special luminous coating was undertaken by the technical center of materials TPAQI. The basis of the concept of the design of the track is to emphasize the beauty of the surrounding landscape in the dark. Work began about a year ago with laboratory tests to create a glowing material .
After a series of tests, preference was given to a fine aggregate containing inorganic light-emitting phosphors. This material is “charged” in the afternoon from sunlight, so that later in the darkness it emits a blue glow. The luminous layer was applied to a 100-meter section of the asphalt track and then covered with a layer of small pebbles.
According to the TPAQI specialists, 30-60 minutes of daylight are enough to make the track shine for eight hours, keeping this property for 20 years.