Bridgestone Tires and Tire Rack invited me to Denver, Colorado to watch a biomimicry presentation at the Denver Zoo, and put their winter tires to the ultimate test; we drove cars equipped with regular tires and winter tires on the Pepsi Center ice rink. It was an incredible experience. Since I am a science geek, I loved the biomimicry presentation.
What is biomimicry? Scientists and engineers study traits and adaptations that increase functionality, and they attempt to apply them to products that we use. Were you ever curious why a polar bear doesn’t slip when walking on ice? Bridgestone engineers studied biomimicry to improve their tires. Studying the adaptation of polar bear feet can improve the functionality of winter tires. If the same principles that allow polar bears to stand, walk, and run on ice can be applied to tire treads, Bridgestone can use those principles to engineer better winter tires. Scientists have also looked at other species such as geckos and marine mussels. This research allows Bridgestone to build a better tire for consumers.
The presentation was enlightening, and the Denver Zoo was a gracious host. The zoo “began” in 1918 when a black bear cub wandered into a city park; Bear Mountain would be the first exhibit that opened. Denver Zoo was very family friendly, and the layout allowed you to see the animals at eye level. There was very little change in elevation in the zoo, which made walking easy. The elephant exhibit might have been my favorite; the area around the exhibit was themed and eye-catching.
I thought I would share a few photos from my exploration. I hope you enjoy the photographs and if you are visiting Denver, I highly recommend a visit to the Denver Zoo.
If you want to know more about Bridgestone winter tires or Tire Rack, watch for my follow up post. I share my experience driving on the Pepsi Center ice rink. You can also follow the hashtags #TRWinterDrive and #TalkTires if you want to read what other’s had to say about the experience.
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Disclaimer: Bridgestone and Tire Rack sponsored my trip to Denver, Colorado; however, all opinions contained herein are my own.