September 16, 2006

Boston Sidewalks May go All-Rubber

Category: Urban Planning

boston.jpgRubber Sidewalks seem to be taking off. The city of Boston may start requiring them - article here. That's a pretty bold step for something relatively unproven, but will be very useful for other cities to watch and represents the perfect marriage between utility and environmental responsibility - the sidewalks should save the city a fortune, and they represent a way to recycle used tires and other detritous.

Posted by Nick at September 16, 2006 1:24 PM


An office building I used to work in in downtown Oakland installed rubber sidewalks when they did a facelift. It is just great! They are comfortable, and especially nice for women in stilletos.

Posted by: OaklandNative at September 25, 2006 6:49 PM

The City of Long Beach installed a test section of rubber sidewalk, and was unhappy with the performance over a 1-2 year period. They were lifted by tree roots and expansive soils, and people can peel them up and remove them (although this is not "supposed" to be possible).

Posted by: Right-of-Way maven at March 12, 2007 1:13 PM

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