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Scientists are developing bouncy pavements

By T.K. Randall
February 17, 2020 · Comment icon 8 comments

Softer pavements could prevent injury. Image Credit: PD - pxhere
A novel new type of rubber pavement being trialled in Sweden could help to save thousands of lives.
Each year, a significant number of people - especially the elderly - are injured or even killed due to accidental falls on hard concrete pavements and footpaths in cities across the world.

Now in a renewed bid to make these surfaces safer for everyone, scientists have been working on a new type of pavement that is soft enough to cushion the blow if someone was to fall onto it.

Made from recycled tyres, the new rubber surfacing is part of a major EU-backed trial and could become commonplace within the next few years if test runs in Sweden prove a success.
"Thousands of lives could be saved by this pavement surface, both in the UK and other countries," said Dr Viveca Wallqvist who has been working on the project for the last seven years.

"That is 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."

"My father was told he would have to go out in a wheelchair because of the risk of falling - his freedom was taken away because of it."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 4 years ago
They've had this at Disney Land for years.  It stops children from getting scrapes when they fall but also is a lot easier on feet and lower backs to walk on for hours. Link
Comment icon #2 Posted by Desertrat56 4 years ago
A lot of school plalygrounds have this now around the monkey bars and any equipment that someone could fall off of or near.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Tom1200 4 years ago
We had something like this, way back in the olden days.  It was soft and springy, often beautifully coloured.  It was biodegradable, needed little maintenance and even smelt nice.  I think we called it 'grass'.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Crikey 4 years ago
Sounds good..  
Comment icon #5 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 4 years ago
I thought tires contained cadmium, lead, and zinc with a little arsenic thrown in. That's why old tires are not allowed in land fills. I hope they are leeching the toxic components out before using them.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Brok 4 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz 4 years ago
Bouncy bouncy
Comment icon #8 Posted by aztek 4 years ago
that is the stuff we use at outdoor playgrounds,  but it lasts only several years, and very expensive to replace. if they do it, expect taxes to go up, it will cost quite a lot to do on large scale, 

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