The brightest school bike path

The City Council of Egedal, in Denmark, is implementing an intelligent lighting system in a bicycle path used, mainly, by students who go to school. The objective of the project is to encourage more children to use it and, at the same time, improve safety. And to design it the same students have participated in a co-creation project, together with municipal engineers and the companies that are building it.

The main contributions of the students have been in the field of intelligent lighting. The result is a variety of animal-shaped sculptures that appear along the way and, thanks to intelligent LED lights, cause visual effects such as stripes of a tiger or brown spots characteristic of a giraffe. In addition, users can preconfigure which animals they want illuminated in their wake thanks to an RFID reader that reads a label located on the user’s helmet. This makes the experience totally personalized whenever the helmet is used.