Protecting the environment and reducing personal carbon print is the responsibility of every person. An easy method of decreasing your personal carbon footprint is by using public transport. A sizeable percentage of the public prefers this form of transport. Although merely opting for public transport brings downs your carbon footprint, we can bring down even further. Rather than relying on buses operating on oil and gas, we should prefer electric buses. The only main problem to this move is charging the buses. However, with sustainable bus stop concept designs, it won’t be much of a problem.
12 Sustainable bus stop concept designs
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 12 such amazing concept designs that could literally change the way we look at bus stops.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. ATC Wireless Solar Charger Bus stop for E-Buses
Eco-friendly vehicles have an issue. They would need to move to a docking station, whenever they run out of charge. Therefore, you end up wasting a lot of commuting time in the process. The ATC Solar Curve Bus Stop aims to reduce this hassle. It would let e-buses charge their batteries while stopping at the bus stop.
The bus stop’s design features a curved roof. This roof has solar panels to capture the sun’s heat and convert it into energy. When a bus rolls into the stop and under the roof, it transmits the charge is wirelessly. While the commuters are gettin on or off, it charges automatically.
6. YBR Bus Shelter
Made out of iron, the YBR Bus Shelter is a perfectly sustainable and adaptable piece of architecture. You can mold it according to the differing needs of several cities. The design will feature a seating area as well as a kiosk area. This would help in getting 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.
7. 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.
8. Solar-powered bus stops for an illuminated and well-informed wait
This bus stop is illuminated by modules. It uses the internet and keeps informing the passengers waiting there about the transport schedules. This bus stop has been designed and developed by Canadian research engineers from the McMaster University. The stop is run by the flexible solar cell technology.
Due to this technology, now people will not have to wait for the bus in a dark bus stop. The bus stop is fitted with solar cells on the curved roofs of the stop. The stop is equipped with a lighting system, which is energy efficient. It has 720 solar cells. These cells are competent of generating 4.5W of power. The cells store the solar energy during the day and then use it during night. The LEDs are energy efficient and consume vey less energy (600mW). The team who has designed the solar bus stop is now trying to improve this technology so that it works in winters and cloudy days also.
9. Multi-functional solar powered bus stop with user friendly features
In order to create a solar powered bus stand which will be sustainable, Jae Pyung Lee has designed the Solar Stop. The main objective of this stop is to persuade the eco friendly ambiance and motivate people to choose public transport.
This bus stop also aims at using the public space in a sustained manner. This bus stop will also offer a lot of user friendly features and therefore is termed as multifunctional bus stop, which is solar powered.
The bus stop is equipped with features like LED indicator, street lighting, air sterilizer, Wi-Fi, bill changer, water vending machine, and a charge station. Even though so many facilities will be provided in the bus stop there will be ample circulatory space for people to move around. The design of the stop is simple as well as ergonomic. There would be areas where people will sit and pathways to move around.
10. Solar-powered bus stop that could make you sad when your bus arrives
It is a common phenomenon that people do not like waiting in the bus stops. In order to solve this issue, MIT architects have come up with a bus stop that will be very attractive for the commuters. This will encourage the people to commute by bus and will also keep them in touch with the modern technologies. The name of this bus stop is EyeStop. This bus stop will provide opportunity to the travelers to check their mailboxes, obtain latest weather updates, use the social networking sites, and watch news.
An interactive map will be provided that can be used by the people to plan their bus trips. Along with this the information regarding the buses will be displayed to the commuters. The best part of this bus stop is that it is energy saving. It does not need the electricity from the power grid. It uses the solar energy, which is tapped by the solar panels installed on the roof of the bus stop.
11. Recharging electric buses through solar-powered wireless bus stops
There are cars and buses, which have electrical engines. Gavin Harvey has designed a project, which aims at saving the non renewable resources and thus conserving energy. This is a great step toward solving the problem of global warming as less power will be consumed and solar energy will be used to recharge the electric engine of vehicles at the bus stops. This project is very simple where the energy from the sun is tapped and through wireless mechanism the energy is supplied to the buses, which pass from there.
12. Solar-powered bus stop makes the wait comfortable and green
It is one of the popular sustainable bus stop concept designs. It has been developed by Johann Paquelier. He aims at making the wait time comfortable and illuminated. The roof of the stop is light weight as it is made from composite materials. The roof has LEDs, which provide power from the solar panels installed on the roof.