David Hembrow reports that a new lighting system has been installed along a rural stretch of bike path in The Netherlands. The bike path is parallel to a rural highway connecting several small communities
The new lights will operate at night time at half power, but passing cyclists can press a button at either end of the route to switch the lights onto full power for enough time to ride the 3 km distance. This measure reduces both energy consumption and disturbance of night-time wildlife due to the lights. If it’s successful, the same system will be installed at other locations in Drenthe.
This is a great idea, but why wait for them to push buttons to activate the lights? Why not use some active detection methods to turn the lights on automatically?