A Spectacular Glowing Bike Path Is Coming To Canada
It's going to be lit.
Nighttime bike rides will never be the same again - a glowing bike path is being built in Canada, and it will be the first of its kind in North America.
Plans to embed glowing stones into a concrete path within Waterloo Park, a public area in the Waterloo Region of Ontario, have been approved. The path would take inspiration from the 600-m Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path in Eindhoven, Netherlands, which was inspired by Gogh's famous Starry Night.
In Waterloo, the glowing path would be a perfect homage to the city's reputation for being a high-tech hub. It would nod the Perimeter Institute in particular, the city's iconic institution for ground-breaking theoretical physics research.
The project also aims to bring new life into the park, which has been fading over the past couple of years. The path is intended to make locals and tourists rediscover the park and to infuse a new sense of community pride altogether.
"I don't want to live in a grey city. I want to live in a place that's interesting, that I can take my grandkid when she comes and visits and she'll wow herself of walking over glowing stones," said Councillor Diane Freeman.
It won't be a cheap undertaking, though - the trail comes with a hefty $806,000 price tag, which only makes sense because developers will need to come up with sound plans for both the construction of the path and for its long-term maintenance.
There's no news on when the trail is expected for completion, but stay tuned for more updates!
As of August 2017, the Waterloo Council has nixed the bike trial project. For more information, please refer to this article by the CBC.