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.