The lights down under are literally down under. Under foot, that is.
The city council in Gosford, New South Wales has paved a 400-metre long stretch of walkway that passes below a railway line with a material that absorbs sunlight by day and illuminates itself at night.
Gosford’s glow-in-the-dark footpath for pedestrians and cyclists is the first of its kind in Australia, according to a press release from the federal government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, which is funding the path as part of a broader rail improvement scheme.
Infrastructure Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss trumpeted the conduit not only for its safety benefits, but for its economics as well.
‘The glow in the dark technology will also be a more economical alternative to installing powered lighting to service the footpath,’ Truss said.
According to Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, the path’s aggregate includes phosphorous zinc sulphide, which absorbs ultraviolet light by day and glows at night for 8-to-14 hours.
It is part of a Canberra-backed $146.5 million (Australian, $136 million U.S.) rail infrastructure project to allow faster passenger trains to bypass slower freight lines in Gosford, Government News reported.
The Gosford project is one of four initiatives in a $1.1 billion Northern Sydney rail scheme for which the federal government is stumping up $840 million, the Infrastructure press release stated.
The Gosford council is considering installing a similar path in a city park, the Daily Telegraph noted.
Photo: Walking along the future? Who needs modern LEDs when you can have phosphorous zinc sulphide, which Australian politicians say was less expensive at this glowing walkway in Gosford. Image is from Australian MP Lucy Wicks via Twitter.