In South Korea, there is a solar bike lane for bicycles that protects cyclists from the sun and at the same time generates solar energy. The bike lane runs 32 kilometers between Daejeon and Sejong.
Cyclists enter and exit the lane through underground tunnels. Once en route, they are protected by side barriers with three lanes of traffic on each side. Although this does not allow for beautiful roadside views, it does offer sun protection and the solar panels provide enough electricity to power the lights along the road, as well as charging stations for electric vehicles.
This is not the first solar bike lane we see. SolaRoad in the Netherlands cost $3.7 million for 70 meters of solar panels on the ground. Riders ride on top of the panels rather than under them – a design that has many critics.
Is it the best place for a bike path?
When the story about the South Korean bike lane was posted on Reddit, the discussion quickly turned to why there are no similar bike lanes in America. But several comments indicated that driving on the road is not the best option.
Some suggested that the sides of the road would be a better place for a solar lane, while others suggested that anywhere but not near all of those cars would be a better option.
” This is literally the worst possible bike path location ,” Engelberto said. “ Enjoy the deafening noise and breathe in the pollution. Bike lanes are fairly unobtrusive in all sorts of uses. They can be built almost anywhere else and be really attractive to use . “
What if we apply that idea to highways? Here we talk about it, covering highways with solar panels.