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You’re about to get really jealous of these cool bike paths


(Photo: Studio Roosegaarde via outsideonline.com)
(Photo: Studio Roosegaarde via outsideonline.com)

When you ride your bike to work you get to see your city in a more direct, and often inspiring way. But what if the path itself was the scenery?

A few international cities are taking bike lanes to a whole new level—from a Van Gogh-inspired “Starry Night” lane in the Netherlands to a “super-highway” bike path in Denmark—they’re creating routes that totally awesome, safe, and actually get people excited to commute to work.

In case you’re not hopping on a flight to Europe anytime soon, take a ride down these beautiful lanes here.

(Photo: solaroad.nl)

SolaRoad, Netherlands

This bike path, made of solar panels, converts sunlight that hits the path into energy, which is then used to power things like street lamps (cool!).

 

COPENHAGEN-Denmark-bike-path
(Photo: citylab.com)

Route c95, Copenhagen, Denmark

The city created a super highway for bikes—and hundreds of people, from more than 20 suburbs, use it to bike into the city every day. Think: mostly scenic views like forests and lakes (with useful air pumps for worn out tires along with way).

 

(Photo: Studio Roosegaarde via outsideonline.com)
(Photo: Studio Roosegaarde via outsideonline.com)

Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Cycle Path, Eindhoven, Netherlands

This solar-powered bike path was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. At night, stones covered in phosphorescent paint and LED lights glow, providing cyclists with a safe way to bike at night and a gorgeous view to marvel at (or to Instagram). —Molly Gallagher