Your New Favorite Stretch
As a cyclist, weaving to avoid potholes and cracks can be frustrating, and having to regularly fix flat tires can get rather tedious and expensive. The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, also known as CalRecycle, wants cyclists to know that there is a type of pavement that can actually help reduce these problems and make your bike ride safer and more enjoyable.
Rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC) is an environmentally-friendly paving material comprised of traditional asphalt concrete mixed with crumb rubber made from ground scrap tires. With every mile of road paved with RAC, thousands of recycled tires are put to good use instead of being illegally dumped or ending up in landfills.
Roads made with RAC last longer and are less prone to damage—reducing the risk of deteriorating roads ruining your ride. You’ll be able to spend more time enjoying cycling and less time dodging potholes, and fixing flats.
“Safety is always a concern when riding on city streets,” said Matt Lieng, avid cyclist of Sacramento. “Deteriorating roads can make rides unpredictable and increase the chance of a crash, especially when there are cracks, potholes, or bike lanes that are faded or not clearly marked.”
Aside from being more durable, RAC is more skid-resistant than traditional asphalt, meaning there is more grip and traction on those sharp turns. You are able to push your bicycle, and yourself, to the limit with less worry about sliding out.
RAC also prevents other vehicles from straying into your lane. Being a darker shade of black, RAC makes the painted lines on the roadway appear brighter. That enhanced visibility gives drivers the ability to clearly distinguish the difference between traffic lanes and designated bicycle lanes.
By using recycled tires in paving projects, CalRecycle is preserving the scenic beauty of California landscapes, while providing cyclists with many riding advantages.
Make RAC-paved roads your preferred riding surface. Request the use of RAC in your community to ensure a smoother ride for yourself and for future generations of cyclists. Visit www.PavingGreenRoads.com to learn more about CalRecycle’s efforts to promote the use of tire recycled materials, and what you can do to assist in this important mission. Take Action. Help pave the way with recycled tires.
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