This solar panel-covered five-and-a-half-mile bike bath in between an eight-lane highway in South Korea generates eco-friendly energy for the country.

Source: ABC News/Youtube

The bike path was first created in 2014 to produce clean energy while also giving people a safe place to ride their bikes and exercise. The cycle lane connects the cities of Daejeon and Sejong.

The bike path is 13-feet-wide and is covered in over 7,500 solar panels. The solar panels cover three miles of the bike path and can produce an annual average of 2,200 MWh of electricity that powers streetlights and electronic displays in Sejong. This amount of energy can generate enough power for approximately 600 households, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

“Solar panels in public facilities are part of a trend in clean energy,” Kim Geun-ho, a researcher from the Green Energy Institute based in the country, told ABC News. “At the beginning stage, solar power generation was mostly constructed in vast farmland and mountainous areas. It moved on to public facility rooftops, and finally have evolved to play the role of a shelter and power generator at the same time, in this case, a roof on top of a bike road.”

This is an amazing way to encourage citizens to exercise and choose bikes instead of cars while also giving them shade and generating power all at the same time! We hope that this will encourage other countries to make the same type of solar bike paths!

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