A trial of a glow-in-the-dark footpath in Cambridge is leading to a surge in interest from other local authorities.
Surrey-based Pro-Teq Surfacing said it had been inundated with calls and emails about its Starpath product, which is being trialled in Christ’s Pieces park in Cambridge.
The liquid polyurethane product can be sprayed to create a hard-wearing surface that absorbs UV rays and turns them into trapped energy that glows.
Pro-Teq manager Pete Dolphin told NCE that the idea for the product originated from attempts to find a more sustainable way of repairing paths.
“We didn’t like throwing away so much rubber and thought there had to be a better way of resurfacing,” he said.
“We created the product and then we were messing around with it adding luminous elements when we created Starpath.
“By chance Cambridge City Council then mentioned a path project they needed lights for and we suggested this.”
Cambridge City Council said Starpath had the potential to be used in place of street lights on some semi-rural paths.
“Councils often have surfaces in need of repair but don’t have the money for new tarmac,” said Cambridge City Council technical officer Declan O’Halloran.
“Pro-Teq’s protective surface is a quarter of the cost of pulling up the top layer of a path, sending it to landfill, and resurfacing.
“Also, a project that would take a fortnight takes a day,” he added.
O’Halloran said the glowing path was more sustainable than street lights and has no electricity costs. “It acts as an indicator,” he said.
“We have had collisions between cyclists and pedestrians in Cambridge, and this trial will show whether the path can reduce these.