Last year, when I was visiting the Netherlands, I drove home one night and noticed these interesting little lights at a roundabout. Of course I needed to know more about it and I returned a few nights later to check out what it was all about.
Upon closer inspection, I noticed these were very flat cat eye lights built into the road deck. Decades ago, I remember you would sometimes see something similar in temporary lanes on highways, when there was work being done on the road. However, those were reflectors.
Solar powered cat eye lights
Technology improved and now I noticed these were actually solar powered lights. How cool is that?
I decided to hang around a bit at that roundabout and shoot some footage of the lights as it is getting darker.
A bit of video footage of the lights
Note that the camera (an Iphone 1 from 2016) compensates somewhat for the darkness: it was a bit darker in reality. But I think you get the idea.
Here is a one minute clip on how that works for pedestrians and cyclists. I am sure the residents in the building across were wondering what that man was lurking around at that roundabout in the semi dark, particularly as there appeared to be a young women’s hockey practise somewhere down the road.
The things you do for a bicycle blog….
More on my cycling in the Netherlands adventures in this post about boat and bike.