South Korea is now home to a 20-mile stretch of solar panel covered bike lane linking the cities of Daejon and Sejong, The panels provide shade for cyclists, as well as power for the route’s streetlights and charging stations for electric cars. Underground ramps provide access to the grade separate bikeway, offering both safety and speed.
Image courtesy of Janbaz Salehi
The Netherlands pioneered the concept of solar bikeways in 2014, with an energy-harvesting 70-meter stretch with panels embedded in the ground. The Daejon-Sejong bikeway is the first to provide overhead solar panels and charging stations.