Singapore opens its glow-in-the-dark pathway to test better night accessibility

Written by Neha Monga
July 26, 2017  

While some countries are still struggling to get world class road infrastructure, Singapore has built a glow-in-the-dark pathway which has been open for testing.

The 400m long track which has been created at an old Railway track for trial includes a 100m stretch of glowing pathway. The remaining 300 meters of the test track is made of grass and gravel, fine gravel and earth-coloured porous concrete.

The tests are meant to determine which surface material would best result in a safer and more resilient trail, and government agencies will seek feedback from the public as well as measure the materials’ durability.

The glow-in-the-dark effect is created by natural, non-toxic light green strontium aluminate minerals that have been mixed into the pavement. Like the glow in the dark stickers we used to stick around our bedrooms as children, these minerals absorb ultraviolet light during the day and allow it to glow through the night.

Besides being pretty to look at, they’re intended to make the paths safer and more accessible without completely changing the rustic experience you’ll get from using the track.

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Poland and Netherlands already have luminous paths, but it remains to be seen whether Singapore will getter bigger and better glowing tracks in future or not. However, don’t forget to check out these paths next time you are in Singapore.

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