The Netherlands is about to get the world’s first solar bike path

Posted by Mike Confino, November 8, 2014

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You guys, a solar FREAKIN’ bike lane!

The Netherlands is set to unveil the world’s first bike path with built-in solar panels: a 228-foot, $3.74 million project they’re calling, gloriously, SolaRoad.

The path, the Guardian reports, is constructed from “rows of crystalline silicon solar cells, encased within concrete and covered with a translucent layer of tempered glass” that’s strong enough to support the weight of a truck, and set at a slight tilt so that dirt can easily be washed off by the rain. An estimated 2,000 people already use the route to commute to work and school each day.

via The Netherlands is about to get the world’s first solar bike path – Salon.com.

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