Rubber tyres being used to create flexible footpaths

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Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A new footpath in the City of Whittlesea has been constructed in an innovative and sustainable way.

In a City of Whittlesea first around 3600 used car tyres have been turned into a new path for cyclists and pedestrians.

The path along the Yan Yean Pipe Track, between Williamsons Road and the Mernda Rail line, is soft under foot, but firm enough that it can be walked and ridden on.

The rubber allows water to drain through and if roots start to grow the surface will flex rather than crack like concrete.

Mayor Lawrie Cox said the new concrete alternative was a great addition to the municipality as the region housed two of the biggest car tyre plants in the country for many years; Dunlop at Somerton and Goodyear at Thomastown

“We’re always looking for ways to improve the ways we do things,” he said.

“This technology is great for the environment in so many ways. The tyres have been saved from landfill and the rubber allows the path to move with the trees as they grow.

“This is one of many paths council will be installing over the next few months.

“This is a great way to recycle product many of our residents would have been involved in making in the first place.”