Thursday, November 4, 2010

Safety after dark

Long winter nights and autumn leaves can turn a cycle path in to an obstacle course of slippery patches, overgrown weeds and general rubbish. With this in mind, inventor Grant Taylor decided to turn his previous experience with glow-in-the-dark technology into an eco-friendly way to make cycle paths safer. Result: the Traxeye. Bike Radar writes: Traxeyes are round discs which contain the photo luminescent compound GS2000, after just eight minutes of normal daylight they’re good to glow visibly for up to 12 hours. They can be fitted to any concrete or fixed surface using a special tool. Each Traxeye is fitted with a specially capped nail that should avoid punctures and protect the product from all but the most determined of vandals, and their robust design is highly resistant to weather conditions. The Traxeyes cost £2.99 each, around £80 per unit cheaper than some of the light-giving solar competition. The GS2000 compound is non-toxic and has been rated suitable for use in children’s toys, which means that even damaged units pose no threat to wildlife. In addition, no decline in light output is expected over their five year lifespan. TraxEye increases safety after dark and considerably extends the use of the network.