6 Tips for Designing Accessible and Safe Bus Stops
One of the biggest factors that can depress transit ridership is when the bus stops themselves aren’t designed in a way that takes the rider experience into account. In cities around the world, so many stops have either substandard shelters/seating areas or none at all, are located in stretches of highway that are nearly inaccessible to pedestrians, and don’t feel safe from cars speeding by mere feet away.
Improving these stops with an eye toward the rider experience can be a major key toward giving people more confidence to use a transit service. Architecture website Arch Daily recently published a piece discussing some thoughts on how to improve bus stops through strategic building and planning in a manner that balances the needs of vehicles and the riders themselves.
The relationship vehicular traffic has with sidewalks and buildings is one point that should receive special attention when designing a bus stop or station. This is because the way a stop interacts with its environment determines whether or not it’s an appropriate access point to the transit system.
In addition, if the stops have elements to make the passengers’ wait more pleasant such as trees, seats, and a shelter to protect them from the rain, it is possible to positively influence the perceptions of public transport for the pedestrians and drivers in the surrounding area.
There are a lot of factors at play when trying to design a bus stop that will be friendly to riders and still fit within the environment where it stands. Read the full article at Arch Daily to see six tips they think can help transit agencies and cities think in a way that will enhance the rider experience in a strategic way through architecture.