How to Trick Out Your Bus Stop

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By ioby

September 22, 2014

Top image: Swingset on South Main in Memphis, Tennessee. Credit: I Love Memphis.

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.

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.

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.

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 to pre-drill holes.

4. Bring the Comforts of Home Into the Public.

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.

More resources:

http://www.redswingproject.org
http://ilovememphisblog.com/2012/10/play-on-the-south-main-swing-set-while-it-lasts
http://www.play-scapes.com/play-history/a-brief-history-of-the-urban-swing-movement
http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/08/gets-a-giant-bus-stop-shaped-like-the-words-bus-stop/375823
http://www.ilovememphisblog.com/2014/05/tennessee-brewery-untapped

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Starting this week, Shareable will feature one how-to a week from ioby's Trick Out My Trip report. Below are all the posts in the series. It's all stuff that "any community can do to improve their transit experience in five easy steps."

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