Sunday, November 28, 2021

Glow-in-dark trail trial for Greater Bendigo

City of Greater Bendigo Council, in partnership with the Victorian Department of Transport, is trialling glow-in-the-dark shared path markings.

The photoluminescent lighting trial will run along the Bendigo Creek shared use path from Nolan Street, around Lake Weeroona to Howard Street Epsom to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

City of Greater Bendigo Engineering Manager, Ian McLauchlan said it was the first time the product, developed by Australian company OmniGrip Direct, will be used in Greater Bendigo.

“This new line marking product looks and functions like ordinary line marking in daylight but emits stored light which enhances its visibility when dark,” Mr McLauchlan said.

“With lighting unaffordable and impractical at a lot of locations, it is believed that photoluminescent line-marking may provide a cost-effective solution to assist users to safely navigate roads and pathways in low light and night-time conditions.”

He said the Bendigo Creek Trail was a very popular and well used shared used path in Greater Bendigo and the line marking was expected to enhance the useability of the path both during the day and at night.

“The City is pleased to partner with the Department of Transport to trial this new line marking technology along a considerable part of the Bendigo Creek Trail and around Lake Weeroona.”

“We are interested in evaluating the success of the Bendigo Creek Trail trial to see if this product can be used for safety purposes in other parts of Greater Bendigo in the future,” he said.

Work to apply the new line marking has commenced and will be completed this week, Mr McLauchlan confirmed.

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