Old tyres Rubber pavements to prevent falls under test in Sweden

walking in park-pixabay-croppedIn the Swedish cities of Lund and Helsingborg, an EU-funded trial has started on a new environment-friendly rubber material made from recycled tyres that could be used to prevent injuries to cyclists and pedestrians. If all goes well their new material could become common throughout Europe within the next five years.

"Thousands of lives could be saved by this pavement surface, because people are less likely to break their hip and die if they fall on this surface and would also be more likely to go out and do healthy activities like walking and cycling if they no longer have to worry about the risk of a fall”, says Dr Viveca Wallqvist, researcher at the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.
  

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