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The bus “cone” (or “tree”). A metal pole 8-10’ high placed in a concrete pad with a traction insert (as used in sidewalks). Atop the pole is a cone, wide enough to provide shelter from sun, rain and snow. A simple seat can be attached to the pole. The cone is visible to bus drivers, passengers and pedestrians, less likely to blow down in heavy wind, can be made of recycled materials and bus-stop signs can be attached to the pole-eliminating the need for a separate sign post. The “cone” is simple, inexpensive, attractive, functional, “green” (and can be painted green), can be used in limited space, graffiti-resistant and compliments tree-lined city streets.

A bonus-feature: The bus can be driven near or under the cone creating an “umbrella” for passengers who exit and enter the bus (considerations should be made for disabled passengers, maybe additional concrete “padding” to “land” the wheel-chair ramp).

Idea submitted by designer at August 11, 2009

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- Hey, the traction pad and pole acts like a "braille" signature for blind people.....
Posted Aug 11, 2009 6:08 PM by designer

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