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.
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.
The nail head is designed to reduce punctures: the nail head is designed to reduce punctures
Grant, whose previous inventions include a glowing inhaler cap for night use and fire door exit markings, is confident the devices will be low maintenance. Apart from the replacement of vandalised units, the only attention he expects them to require is: “A wipe once in a while to clear either fallen leaves or general muck.”
The units are due to be trialled by British Waterways in Lincolnshire, Sustrans and National Heritage over the coming months.
Grant’s company, GIBS 2000 Ltd, is also in the process of securing distribution for Traxeyes in Holland, Ireland, Sweden and the CzechRepublic.
We’ll bring you more details as they become available, but in the meantime let us know if you think they’re cycle salvation or a shot in the dark by using the comments box below.