The world’s first solar cycle and scooter route connected Sejong and Daejeon, two major cities in South Korea, some time ago. The construction of the path was of great interest to bicycle fans, but when it was created, it was met with mixed feelings.
Its great advantage is the quick connection of both cities for people who like to travel on bikes. Driving under the panels is also a pleasure on hot days, because it protects against sun rays. The solar installation is also ideally suited to providing clean energy for the purposes of lighting the highway and powering the entire information infrastructure.
Unfortunately, as many as it has pluses, it also has disadvantages. Cyclists complain that driving in the middle of the highway is not the best experience. Noise and air pollution effectively discourage regular journeys. It is also important that there are barriers on both sides of the 32-kilometer-long path, which is why cyclists often bump into them while passing each other, while being injured.
The South Korean government is not planning any new similar investments yet. It seems the idea was wrong after all. Two-wheel enthusiasts tell the authorities that a much better solution would be to build such a path far from buildings and roads, and the energy from the panels can be used to illuminate it or it can be delivered to nearby towns.
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