In part one of ioby's "Trick Out My Trip" series, here are some ideas about how to trick out your bus stop.

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For part one of ioby’s “Trick Out My Trip” series, here are some ideas about how to trick out your bus stop from Perry Sponseller, Jason Johns, Old City Millwork Memphis, Aurash Kharwazad, DO Tank, Archimania, Omaha by Design, Paige Johnson, Creative Alliance, Baltimore Southeast Community Development Corporation, Red Swing Project, and more.

1. Turn Your Bus Stop Into a Playground.

Urban hacktivists set up a DIY swing at a bus station in Moscow. Credit: Shriya Malhotra.

Paige Johnson has chronicled the years-long rich history of swingsets as urban interventions, from subway swings to bus stop swings, to swings in parking spaces and swings under trestles, on Play Scapes. The Red Swing Project, which started in Austin, Texas, in 2007, has a DIY guide to creating your own playground.

2. Turn Signs Into Seating.

Credit: Steve Adashek

Baltimore got an extremely literal bus stop sign that reads BUS in 14-foot tall letters after the Southeast Community Development Corporation and Creative Alliance hosted a design workshop for residents of the Highlandtown neighborhood. They wanted to make a statement for their arts and cultural district and transform the dull experience of waiting for the bus into something entertaining, playful, and interactive.

3. Make Furniture Any Volunteer Can Assemble.

Credit: Bob Villa

When Memphis entrepreneurs and urbanists decided to temporarily reopen the Tennessee Brewery in April 2014, they needed to work quickly and on a limited budget. Jason Johns at the Old City Millwork created a design for furniture made from pallets that volunteers could assemble.

They designed something comfortable for the masses that would encourage hanging out. The sides are made from outdoor grade plywood and the seat and back are made from 2’x4’s. They used a CNC machine to cut the chairs so they could get eight from a single sheet of plywood, and pre-drill holes.

4. Bring the Comforts of Home Into the Public.

A busy downtown Minneapolis bus stop turned into a “living room station”. Credit: Business Journal

In Los Angeles, the Department of Transportation transformed parking spaces near bus stops into seating areas. In Omaha, a design firm created a comfortable living room inside a bus shelter on Omaha Gives! Day organized by the Omaha Community Foundation.

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This article was originally published on September 24, 2014, and was updated on December 21, 2022.



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