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« on: March 01, 2021, 09:10:32 pm »

From Dezeen - Actually from December 2019, but I only came across it today. Interesting nonetheless, so I thought I'd share:

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Architecture studio Rombout Frieling Lab and Research Institutes of Sweden have created the Station of Being as a prototype bus stop for use in the Arctic region, which uses sound and light to alert passengers to approaching buses.

The bus stop in Umeå, Sweden, was designed to improve the waiting conditions for passengers using public transport in cold weather conditions within the Arctic region.

It uses lights and sounds to alert passengers to approaching buses so that they can relax and shelter from the wind while waiting rather than constantly having to keep a look out.

"Waiting for the bus can be an annoying experience," said Rombout Frieling, founder of Eindhoven studio Rombout Frieling Lab. "You have to continuously be on the lookout in order to ensure you do not miss the bus."

"Instead, the Station of Being looks out for the bus for you – so that travellers can have 'time for just being', which was a clear need we identified among the commuters who work on the Science Park where the Station is located," he told Dezeen.

The bus stop was commissioned by the city of Umeå as a prototype and opened during the EU» (European Union - about) Arctic Forum, which was held in the city earlier this year.

It has a "smart roof" which contains lighting and speakers that are used to create different atmospheres dependent on the bus that is approaching.

"The sounds and lights indicate the destination of the bus," explained Frieling. "For instance, when glassy tones sound, the bus goes to the locally famous glass factory."

Rather than seating, the bus stop contains timber pods as Rombout Frieling Lab's research found that people often preferred to stand, or lean, rather than sit while waiting for a bus in the cold and snowy conditions.

The rotating pods are designed to protect the passengers from the wind and provide privacy if needed.

"In this work we found, for instance, that one of the reasons why people prefer their car above the bus, is the need for privacy and the need to zone off," said Frieling.

"This is one of the reason why we invented the wooden pods that hang from the ceiling of the station – the pods allow people to lean comfortably in their own 'cocoon', while they can also be rotated to create different settings: social or private."

The bus stop's roof and pods are made from local timber. They can be rotated to allow a snowplough to pass through the bus stop, so that it can easily be cleared in periods of heavy snowfall.

According to the studio it consumes the same amount of energy as a standard bus stop.

In the first couple of weeks after the bus stop's opening the studio recorded a 35 per cent increase in usage, with many passengers taking time to relax in the structure.

"The design is meant to get people out of their heads and into their bodies," said Frieling.

"We have seen people meditating, people hugging in pods together and people explicitly choosing to miss their bus and stay a bit longer," he continued.

"As in all my design projects, I find it important that people get a chance to escape the rational humdrum of the everyday, to do things differently and to engage their bodies. Some people find that fun and that is great."

Although Station of Being was designed specifically for the Arctic region, Frieling believes that it could be adapted for use in many different climates and environments.

"The Station was designed on the basis of a series of deep insights on the needs of travellers," he said.

"We suspect that many of these are very universal, like the need to have some transition time, and so we would love to apply innovations, for instance the spectacle of sound and light, to other areas and climates."

The mind boggles as to what kinds of sound and lights could indicate various destinations in the GWR (Great Western Railway) area  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2021, 10:24:28 pm »


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"Waiting for the bus can be an annoying experience," said Rombout Frieling, founder of Eindhoven studio Rombout Frieling Lab. "You have to continuously be on the lookout in order to ensure you do not miss the bus."

It uses lights and sounds to alert passengers to approaching buses so that they can relax and shelter from the wind while waiting rather than constantly having to keep a look out.


Yes, YES.  Inspiration.  It's a real downer keeping an eye out sometimes ... but I suppose a tracker app could help.  As our nearest bus stop is - err - outside our house to the extent that we wondered about getting a waiting shelter inset into our garden (but the turned back on the idea after thinking what it would be used for in addition to waiting for buses)

Could also be a very good idea for the new Melksham Hub - an alert in the Cafe as the train passes Melksham Lane (Broughton Gifford) or Westlands Lane (Beanacre) giving people time to toddle out across the Zebra onto the platform.  I know a WebTIS type display is planned, but a two minute alarm would be a good idea
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2021, 11:47:51 pm »

Will the webtis screen be IN the cafe? I remember The Pub at Reading station, the old booking hall, keeping the departure screens, so you could stay in the warm, and if your train was late enough, have another pint, or 3, not every one has a smart phone or a good data plan. Will there be wifi at Melksham?
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2021, 12:11:01 am »

This strikes me as finding an expensive solution to a problem that already has a cheap solution.

The problem appears to be one of signalling to a bus driver that there is someone at the bus stop that wishes to board. Therefore it will only apply to request stops (ie. Most bus stops these days)

If you go into any of a large number of low rise blocks of flats you will find a timer-based light switch in the stairwell. You walk in and press the button, the stairwell light comes on and stays on for a preset number of seconds. If you haven’t arrived at where you are going yet, you press the nearest button again, the light comes back on and stays on again for the same number of seconds.

This light could of course be coloured red or amber or yellow with pink spots come t that.

So, when the hapless passenger in a blizzard enters the bus shelter, he or she finds the timer button and presses it. A light illuminates outside the stop to indicate to the driver that there is a passenger there. If the light goes out before the bus arrives, press it again and repeat until the Optare Solo or whatever turns up.

Am I missing something?
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2021, 01:08:59 am »

Ah, but would the "Nelson Mandela House Solution" be as conducive to getting "people out of their heads and into their bodies" ?

I guess this means that the world will have to wait a little longer to witness the sheer inspirational joy of Robin, grahame and myself explicitly choosing to miss our bus, and instead meditate together in our hanging rotating pod cocoons in our shelter outside Well House Manor, as the snowplough passes beneath us...
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2021, 05:39:41 am »

Will the webtis screen be IN the cafe? I remember The Pub at Reading station, the old booking hall, keeping the departure screens, so you could stay in the warm, and if your train was late enough, have another pint, or 3, not every one has a smart phone or a good data plan. Will there be wifi at Melksham?

Answering the last question first ... The Hub already showed up on my list of networks when I was volunteering with survey work being undertaken to help the TransWilts team learn about the wider traffic flows on Station Approach (not just rail passengers) late last October. I asked about the access for volunteers, passengers, customers and was told:
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We have usb sockets around the café and free wifi will be available with the café opening. Hopefully people will enjoy a coffee and sandwich whilst using it!

My understanding is that there will indeed be a WebTIS screen in the Cafe - not sure what the final configuration is - there were plans to have it visible inside and out, but that may have changed now that there's a display screen showing the next 4 trains overlooking the short term pick up / drop off spaces. Any number of displays available to show on a regular computer screen - we have links to no fewer than 9 already on the Coffee Shop - see http://new.passenger.chat/better/map.html?stn=MKM» (Melksham (Station code) - next trains) - and there's also TransWilts' own app via https://transwilts.org/app/index.html#/home and my original at http://melksh.am/trains .

Speculating ... it should be straightforward to add an API onto that latter to trigger something that flashes a light / rings a bell / plays a tune 3 minutes before a train is expected (and allowing for on time and delayed services).  Could even be clever and play back potted announcements and Pachelbel's Canon as the three minute warning (but that would probably tire on staff very quickly!).
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2021, 06:16:46 am »

This strikes me as finding an expensive solution to a problem that already has a cheap solution.

The problem appears to be one of signalling to a bus driver that there is someone at the bus stop that wishes to board. Therefore it will only apply to request stops (ie. Most bus stops these days)

If you go into any of a large number of low rise blocks of flats you will find a timer-based light switch in the stairwell. You walk in and press the button, the stairwell light comes on and stays on for a preset number of seconds. If you haven’t arrived at where you are going yet, you press the nearest button again, the light comes back on and stays on again for the same number of seconds.

This light could of course be coloured red or amber or yellow with pink spots come t that.

So, when the hapless passenger in a blizzard enters the bus shelter, he or she finds the timer button and presses it. A light illuminates outside the stop to indicate to the driver that there is a passenger there. If the light goes out before the bus arrives, press it again and repeat until the Optare Solo or whatever turns up.
 
Am I missing something?

I suspect that the Swedish Arctic example needs some (perhaps major) adjustment to bring it down to a budget that it can be done in quantity, and is ruggedised more against some of our local vandals rather than the weather. A seed of an idea rather than a solution to be exactly replicated. You wouldn't buy snowploughs for use in Texas for example (oops!), would you?

On the UK (United Kingdom) / my local bus stop side, I am not up to date / need to be better informed on real time bus tracking apps that cover my area; very likely there's an easy and maintainable route to waiting within a minute or two of the bus stop, and going out there as the bus arrives. 

What does strike me from the original article is the 35% uplift in usage  and wondering how we can get some of that here.  Here is a starting point - the main bus stop in the centre of Melksham for people to pick up the regular town bus - which appears around the blind corner a few yards away so really needs looking out for!

Good news, I suppose, that it's so awful that it should, surely, be possible to do something better.  Starting perhaps with waiting a few yards away in Bud's Bar with a screen and with an alert as the bus approaches.  Not sure which of our local buses have trackers feeding the apps / web though.

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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2021, 12:52:57 pm »

Ah, but would the "Nelson Mandela House Solution" be as conducive to getting "people out of their heads and into their bodies"

No. It's a bus stop.

Clearly I was stupidly thinking too much about a solution to a problem and nowhere near enough about the aesthetics and ambience.

Do you remember the sketch in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy where a group of Marketing Consultants were discussing what consumers wanted the shape of a wheel or the colour of fire to be? I do...

Wink

(for the avoidance of doubt, my tongue is stuck firmly to my cheek here. I must stop having Araldite for breakfast...)
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