Illuminating new possibilities
With the continued push for healthier lifestyles and the growing challenge of congestion on our roads, sustainable, active travel modes are becoming increasingly popular. Daily travel is more and more likely to involve walking and cycling in both urban and rural environments.
Many environments already have the right pathway infrastructure in place, or have secured funding to invest in it. Where pedestrians and cyclists are slow to adopt footpaths, canal towpaths and dedicated cycleways, it’s often down to seasonal changes in light levels, and safety concerns. This is where pathway lighting can help.
Demand on existing road infrastructure is already high. With long-term outcomes in mind, local authorities have a responsibility to provide and maintain sustainable travel options, ensuring that their users feel just as safe as any driver.
There is certainly appetite amongst pedestrians and cyclists for improved infrastructure – the prospect of better facilities for self-propelled travel sparks real interest. However, this enthusiasm can be distinctly seasonal. In the darker months, the lack of ambient light and guidance on foot-, cycle- and towpaths can make their use difficult without specialist equipment – potential users feel much less safe. People who might otherwise walk retreat to their cars in the UK winter and return to our well-lit, but congested, roads.
The low-pollution solution
There are instances in which street lighting is unlikely to be approved due to concerns about light pollution, and it’s often too difficult to install due to the limitations of the location. By contrast, our solar-powered pathway guidance solutions are used to great effect to outline the edges of the pathways at foot-level. The safe pathway is highly visible to users, making them feel safer and more certain of their footing, without affecting the ambient light in the surrounding area.