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Brief Published: 25 Oct 2013

Glowing Path


UK-based Pro-Teq Surfacing has created Starpath – a spray-on surface treatment that makes bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways glow in the dark.

Starpath absorbs UV rays during the day and then releases that energy at night as a blue glow. It can be applied to most hard surfaces, including tarmac, concrete and wood.

The product is applied in two stages. First, luminous particles are spread on the path. These particles are then covered with a protective film.

Starpath was recently applied to an existing pathway in Christ’s Pieces, a park in Cambridge, UK. It took half an hour to spray the product onto the path, which measures 150 square metres.

“Councils spend significant sums of money fully replacing existing pathways when the existing surfaces have reached the end of their practical life. Our product is cost-effective, fast to apply and fast to set,” owner Hamish Scott said in a statement.

Growing numbers of designers are developing dynamic paints and powders that alter the appearance of paths and road surfaces. The Smart Highway concept, presented during Dutch Design Week (October 19-27), includes a photoluminescent powder that eliminates the need for streetlights.