Bike Path Made of Recycled Plastic Unveiled in the NetherlandsMarie Donlon | September 18, 2018
As part of a nationwide initiative to encourage the recycling, the Dutch city of Zwolle has unveiled a bike path made up of recycled plastic.
Using a modular design called PlasticRoad, designers created a path that is 30 m long and spans the distance between Verenigingstraat and Lindestraat in Zwolle. Containing an estimated 70% of the PlasticRoad material, components that make up the bike path include what would amount to 500,000 plastic bottle caps and roughly 218,000 plastic cups.
The result, according to designers, is a series of individual modules connected to each other and outfitted with sensors to measure wear and tear on each module. The lightweight modules are easy to install, are more durable than asphalt and are easy to replace if one wears out.