New environmentally friendly solar lighting marks the way for pedestrians and cyclists on Coe Fen

News release from 1 September 2017, 1:51pm

Newly installed lighting is making a city open space safer for cyclists and pedestrians at night, while also being considerate to wildlife including bats.

A scheme by Cambridge City Council to install environmentally friendly, solar-powered studs in a pathway across Coe Fen was completed this summer, and the path is now illuminated from dusk until dawn each day.

The council hopes that the new lighting will improve safety and usability of this important pedestrian and cycle commuter route during the hours of darkness, particularly in the winter months.

More than a hundred of the small stud lights were installed at intervals of approximately 15 metres on a 900 metre public right of way across the open space, stretching from Lammas Land car park, across Coe Fen and New Bit, to Trumpington Road.

The solar studs used in the project, which was consulted on earlier this year, are a cost effective and environmentally friendly way of improving visibility at night along the path.

The lights have previously been trialled successfully elsewhere in the city, at Lammas Land and on the Bin Brook Pathway.

Efforts have been made to ensure the lighting does not disturb nocturnal wildlife, particularly bats. Each stud incorporates a 'bat hat' that reduces upward light spillage by around 98 per cent, minimising the effect on bats and other wildlife.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “The aim of this project has been to improve public safety, while minimising the impact on one of our historic open spaces.

“The solar-powered stud lights used in the path across Coe Fen offer an effective, environmentally-friendly solution for people using the park after dark, with a minimal impact for bats and other species which help make Coe Fen such a special place.”

Funding for the project, which cost £5,200, came from the council’s Environmental Improvement Programme and Cambridgeshire County Council’s Local Highways Improvements fund after successful bids from local ward councillors.