Tyres to Improve Road Safety?

A Spanish Tyre Barrier project has reached the finals of a innovation competition in Spain.

After realising the injuries caused, particularly by motorcyclists when they hit the conventional steel barriers at the side of the road, the developers of Tyre Barrier sought a better way of protecting road users from the impact with roadside barriers.

Tyre Barrier CEO Diego Ruiz Sanchez, with his partner David Serrano, have developed a new way of creating roadside barriers. Tyre barriers have long been used at racetracks, but piles of tyres stacked along the sides of the highways were not a viable option.

Tyre Barrier has developed an interlocking hexagonal-based system manufactured from crumb rubber and textile from end of life tyres. The rubber barriers can absorb impact and have no sharp edges thus they have the potential to dramatically reduce injuries to road users in the event of an accident.

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Tyre & Rubber Recycling. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.

Email: david.wilson@tyreandrubberrecycling.com

Phone: (44) 1270 668 718

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