Brisbane's Plans To Improve Safety With Glowing Paths
A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that Brisbane's counsel would install Moon Deck – a glow-in-the-dark resin – on a pathway at Obrist Place, Rochedale, as part of a 12-month trial.
The resin is said to improve safety due to providing lit up areas (that use no energy), improve the aesthetics of the area, and provide a safe and slip-resistant surface. So far, trials have shown the material, costing $105 per square metre, working just as effectively on cloudy days as it does on sunny days.
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury said similar paths have already been used successfully in Canberra and New South Wales. "Places such as parks and nature reserves do not have street lighting due to the impact on native fauna and high costs and this technology, which allows the path to emit a soft glow at night, is a great alternative to the more traditional overhead lighting," Mr Rattenbury said.
A bicycle path made from a similar material can be found in Poland, and has proved very popular, with comments such as "The glow is a very nice complement to the area’s beautiful nature, lakes, small hills and countryside" supporting the plans to install more like this in the future.
These previous successes have encouraged the Brisbane Council to go ahead with the plans, which include a 12 month trial with different testing at six months, 12 months and community consultation.
Public and Active Transport chairman Adrian Schrinner commented on the trials, saying there would always be the need for standard lights for personal safety and in places where there were large volumes of pedestrian or cycle traffic, however, the glow-in-the-dark pathways could be useful in less rural areas where there is no cheap or easy way to power the lights, as well as being a beneficial installment over electrical lights for wildlife.
Moon Deck is understood to not need direct sunlight to charge and has a 25-year life span.