Stephanie discovered that people in South Africa feel unsafe waiting at bus stops at night, especially when they could not see what was happening around them. This inspired her to design a transparent bus stop containing a solar powered LED-light source, housed within the plastic casing itself, so it cannot be stolen. The lights go on
automatically when it becomes dark, using power from solar panels on the roof, so as to save power.
This safe, friendly shelter also offers built in seats to rest, a shelf for passengers to sit their parcels and bags on while they wait, and a mobile app providing information on bus times, routes, destinations
and the local area.
The bus stop is made of Perspex – a strong, durable plastic that protects passengers from rain and sun. Most importantly, the Perspex is also transparent, meaning passengers can see if their bus (or
anything else) is approaching.
The side of the bus stop shows the bus name, as well as details on how to download the informative app.
The designer hopes that the new-look bus stop will allow travellers to feel safer and comfortable using local buses and public transport.