About bus shelters
Bus shelters provide good shelter from the elements when you’re waiting for a bus to come along. It’s very important that local councils, local government, local establishments, private companies or even the bus companies themselves (depending on which part of the world you are from) keep these shelters in good condition by maintaining them regularly. It’s a shame that lots of taxpayer’s money is spent each year on repairing bus shelters which have been vandalised but it is certainly a necessity because they are vital for providing a safe haven from wind, rain, snow and sleet.
Anyone who is conscious about the environment is more likely to use public transport. Buses are fantastic methods of transport and ensure passengers that they are being careful about the extent of the carbon footprint that they are leaving. It’s important to do all we can to look after the planet for our children, their children and generations to come.
Information and advertising
Apart from the protection that bus shelters provide to people who are waiting for buses, they can also provide information about bus schedules to passengers as well as a means to advertise different products and services for businesses. Banner advertisements can be displayed in bus shelters to attract passers by and passengers to different products and services. This can be excellent for increasing revenue for the bus companies who can sell the advertising space and local/national companies because they can increase their reach in terms of branding.
Types of bus shelters
There are different types of bus shelters including ones which provide lighting in the evening. These are much safer for people who are waiting for a bus at night. Bus shelters are built for purpose which means that if they are going to be getting more use (i.e. in built up inner city areas) then they are likely to be more expensive than bus shelters which are designed to be installed in rural areas. Private companies that supply bus shelters are, therefore, likely to supply different types of bus shelters depending on the requirements and budget of a given location. Different types of bus stops are implemented depending on the route of the bus too. For instance, the bus may have scheduled stops (where a bus must stop regardless of whether people are waiting for the bus or getting off of the bus) and stops where they only stop if someone is waiting and needs to leave the bus.
Bus shelters around the world
Bus shelters vary greatly throughout the world. There are many different types, shapes and various designs that are dependent upon typical weather conditions, cultural considerations and the designer’s solutions to the requirements of the companies that commissioned them to design and development the bus shelters. You will find much different bus shelters in China for instance, than you would find in Australia or the US. Bus shelters vary from small, simple shelters to sophisticated structures. Smaller bus stops are often know as stations, they are small and don’t act as shelters.