21 Jan 2010 09:01:07
Low carbon solution to road traffic accidents in Wales
Cyclists in Wales can now benefit from a low-carbon alternative to environmentally unfriendly cat's eyes.
Inventor Grant Naylor's TraxEyes will be fitted along a 4km section of the Clyne Valley cycleway in Swansea.
Mr Naylor invented the glow in the dark road studs after reading about three men driving a tractor into a canal on a moonless night, after failing to see the edge of the canal approaching.
He hopes the devices will be as revolutionary for environmentally-conscious cyclists as cat's eyes were for motorway users in the 1930s.
TraxEyes claims that the studs can glow brightly for up to 12 hours even in the worst conditions after being exposed to only 8 minutes of natural daylight.
The road-markers also cost only ten percent of the solar LED equivalent, making them 'ideal' for councils looking to reduce light pollution and energy use from streetlights.
Environmental groups have also highlighted the environmental and social impact of street lighting at night.
The extended light has been connected to changed migration patterns for birds, upset cycles for nocturnal animals and poor sleeping habits in the populace.http://tinyurl.com/yajckkc