As noted in my last post some of the new Edinburgh bus shelters are facing into the roadway giving no spray protection to waiting passengers. Some take up rather a large footprint on the pavement as well and some have no sides - giving very limited wind/rain protection.
I have spoken with the member of the Council team involved in implementing the ten year contract with JCDecaux.
First the lack of sides; there has been a supply problem and we can expect the sides (or ends) of the deficient shelters to be fitted in the coming weeks and months. But there are a number of other issues which have been considered.
- generally outward facing shelters have been placed where there are low traffic speeds
- outward facing shelters give better circulation space - especially for wheelchairs and pushchairs and they provide slightly more flexibility for the stopping point for bus drivers especially when there are queueing buses
- these shelters provide better separation between stationary passengers and other people with an interest in pavement use. This is particularly so for premises/shops adjacent to bus stops and for moving pedestrians who find their passage blocked by passengers milling around a bus stop. An example of where this is a significant issue is in Nicolson Street outside (and across from) Lidl's though I am not clear that the width of the pavement will allow an outward facing shelter there.
- there is also a feeling that, where anti-social behaviour is attracted to bus shelters, outward facing shelters will tend to expose to view and thereby discourage such behaviour
This does not answer all the issues but I hope it clarifies some of the issues I have been asked about.