Sydney bus shelters to get a cool makeover and adapt to climate change

The city of Sydney is on a quest for “cool and smart” bus shelters that cope with the existing conditions that threaten the health and commodity of public transport users. A typical roadside bus shelter in Sydney can reach up to 60 degrees and is not protecting users against rain. A competition that gathers several stakeholders has been launched to propose more adapted designs after a study of the cities urban heat island effect most vulnerable sports where found.

“When we did our mapping of heat islands in Sydney we noticed they were related to where major roads are, and out in western Sydney they are related to residential areas where most of the trees are removed, in both those situations there are bus stops, and in western Sydney the services can often be intermittent.” said  the institute’s research director, Brent Jacobs.


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