CLS illuminates Rijnwaal cycle path

(Netherlands) – 300 interactive light elements enhance cyclists’ route between Arnhem and Nijmegen in Holland.

By appointment to the city councils of Arnhem and Nijmegen and especially to the Lingewaard municipality, CLS has recently accepted the responsibility to provide the design and production of a unique light-based artwork.

The Rijnwaal cycle path is a so-called fast-cycling route that connects the cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen. Cyclists can now directly and safely bridge the distance between both cities.

The light-based artwork consists of 300 interconnecting elements in the form of bicycle chain links. Every module of the installation can individually differ in shade of light and intensity. Even under the brightest daylight conditions, the light is clearly noticeable.

Incoming cyclists or pedestrians are detected via sensors at both ends of the tunnel. Depending on the amount of people in the tunnel, different light mood programs are shown.

The project also makes use of an app, with which the users of the tunnel can earn points, which they can in turn use to influence the colours of the light-artwork.

Special attention was paid to limiting damage caused by vandalism. For this purpose, all metal elements are provided with an anti-graffiti coating. In addition, all LED modules are equipped with a 1.5cm shockproof polycarbonate, protecting them from heavy battering.

Just a few weeks after the commissioning, the colourful artwork has been a success as pedestrians and cyclists seem to feel more comfortable while using the tunnel.