Bird Street (Bird Street), located just off Oxford Street in London's West End next to a major shopping center, until recently did not stand out from the thousands of other streets in London. She gained fame thanks to new urban technologies. The British company Pavegen has installed a 107 square meter pavement with built-in walk generators on one of the footpaths.
Each cell in the form of an equilateral triangle (side length 500 mm) converts the energy of pedestrian steps into electricity with a power of 5 watts. The resulting electricity is then used for street lighting, creating a sound background in the form of bird voices, and also for operating Bluetooth transmitters.
Walking along such a street, pedestrians have the opportunity to see how much energy they have produced using a special smartphone application and even receive special discounts and coupons for this. Pedestrian activity is stimulated by the sounds of bird voices pouring from speakers installed along the walkway.
However, modern urban technologies do not end there. There is also a wonderful ClearAir bench by Airlabs, which sucks in and purifies polluted air and then “exhales” it in a purified form through special openings in the armrests.
Airlite water-based paint was used to paint parts of Bird Street. According to experts, it frees nitrogen oxides from the air, destroys harmful bacteria and repels dust. 100 square meters of painted surface can replace 100 squares of woodland without consuming energy.
“The smart street concept that we tested on Bird Street, ” said Alex Williams, urban transport manager, “Can be further adapted throughout London. I hope that the innovative approach will continue to find application in solving the problems of megacities in the 21st century. ”