Recycled tires can save millions of lives

According to WHO, falls and related injuries are the second most common cause of death in road traffic accidents worldwide. The majority of them are over 65 years old.

A large team of researchers from several dozen universities have developed the concept of safe road surfaces as part of the SAFERUP project. This is an acronym for Sustainable, Accessible, Safe, Resilient, and Smart Urban Pavements, which translates to "sustainable, accessible, safe, durable and smart urban pavements".

To make road pavements softer, the researchers added a 40:60 percent to the traditional mixture of stone and tar from crushed car tires. Since tar is an extremely viscous liquid, it binds well to the rubber chip from the car tires.

The SAFERUP concept is very similar to floor coverings for playgrounds, which also use rubber chips. Research has shown that the new pavement not only protects against injuries, but also, contrary to the concerns of many, is absolutely environmentally friendly.

SAFERUP's immediate goal is to train specialists involved in the construction of new generation roads. Scientists are convinced that the cities of the future will have safe sidewalks equipped with special sensors and other solutions that will detect people falling and any other accidents.

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