A little less than a month ago I was in the Netherlands, in specific Amsterdam. When I was there, two things really blew my mind: Number 1 being the incredible art scene the city prides itself in, particularly its collection of art from the Dutch Artist Vincent Van Gogh, and 2 how many people ride bikes. I mean the bike ratio there is 1 to 1, meaning everyone living in the city has a bike. For me, putting these two things together is what creates such a provocative atmosphere for the place. Art and Bikes. It really doesn't get any better than that...
Today I found out that the Netherlands has combined the two in actuality. On November 13th, the city of Eindhoven unveiled a 1 kilometer long glow in the dark bike path inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's renowned painting Starry Night. The artists behind the project Daan RooseGaarde said that the path is a form of "Techno-Poetry" where "people will experience in a special way, the technical combined with experience". This path is the first of its kind, and with 2015 being named the year of Van Gogh, it is a great way to kick off the celebration of his life and achievements.
The Netherlands was already one of my favorite countries of the trip, but after seeing pictures of the "Starry Night" bike path, and hearing about all of the solar bike paths going in, I am already starting to plan my next trip over to the bike crazed country.
So if you are planning on making your way to the Netherlands this year with your set of wheels, make sure and visit Eindhoven and its Van Gogh inspired glow in the dark bike path!