With homes becoming more sustainable nowadays, it would only be a matter of time before the concept of sustainability is applied to other outdoor structures. Bus stops seem to feature high on this list, with many sustainable bus stop concept designs being put forward by individuals in recent times. Here are 7 such amazing concept designs that could literally change the way we look at bus stops.
Sara Partridge Bus Stop Design
The winner of the Bus Stop Shelter Design Competition, this bus stop design by Sara Partridge enables a fully functional bus stop to double as an environmentally responsible rain garden. The design features colorful shade structure cisterns that offer ample protection from the sun and rain.
A built-in harvesting system will collect the rainwater that collects on the cisterns and reroute it to irrigate native plants in the area. In addition to allowing commuters to wait for their bus conveniently, the bus stop also features bike racks in addition to welcoming pedestrians and even cars.
EyeStop Bus Stop
This interactive bus stop concept design aims to integrate cities with interactive services, entertainment and community information, all powered by state of the art sensing technologies.
The solar powered design features a bus stop that is partially covered with screens and e-INK that are touch sensitive. Users can use these screens to plan their trip, surf the web, monitor pollution levels and exchange community information while waiting for their bus.
Verdance Vertical Urban Green Structure
This ambitious projects aims to integrate entire cities with native plant and animal life, thus achieving a perfect balance between the organic and architectural elements in them. The concept design features a lightweight canopy covered with plants that stretches through roads and streets.
While the plants purify the air during the day, integrated LED fixtures offer light at night. The self-sufficient system also comes with an underground water tank and a series of irrigation tubes that supply water to these plants regularly.
Lexington’s Recycled Glass Bottles Bus Stop
Ever seen an entire bus stop made of recycled bottles? Take a look at Project Bottleshop, an ambitious project that aims to use nothing but recycled glass from Ale 8 One soft drink bottles to create an entire bus stop.
Low powered LED lights while solar panels attached to the exterior offer ample power for the lights on this structure. The self-sustaining structure remains enclosed inside a safety glass structure for protection against external elements.
ATC Wireless Solar Charger Bus stop for E-Buses
Eco-friendly vehicles have an issue wherein they would need to move to a docking station whenever they run out of charge, thus wasting a lot of commuting time in the process. The ATC Solar Curve Bus Stop aims to reduce this hassle by letting e-buses charge their batteries while stopping at the bus stop.
The bus stop’s design features a curved roof that is fitted with solar panels to capture the sun’s heat and convert it into energy. When a bus rolls into the stop and under the roof, the charge is wirelessly transmitted to the vehicle’s batteries as commuters get on and off.
YBR Bus Shelter
Made out of iron, the YBR Bus Shelter is a perfectly sustainable and adaptable piece of architecture that can be molded according to the differing needs of several cities. The design will feature a seating area as well as a kiosk area to get information on bus routes, QR codes and bus schedules, etc. As per city requirements, the YBR Bus Shelter can also be integrated with eco resin panels and solar panels to enhance its sustainability.
Solar Powered Bus Stops in California
The Sunshine State has more than its fair share of active sustainable projects that help reduce statewide energy costs considerably. The newest addition to this list is the solar powered bus stop which would help otherwise normal bus stops double as miniature power plants.
The bus stop will feature a roof fitted with 1.2 kilowatt solar arrays which would capture the sun’s heat, convert it into usable energy and use the same to power the traffic lights in the area. Excess solar power will be stored on an onsite battery to continue powering the lights as well as the bus stop itself at night.
Several sustainable bus stop concept designs have been doing the rounds of late. In addition to being sustainable, these bus stops can serve to help meet the earth’s myriad energy needs to an extent.