So much to learn from a simple picture. Take a gander at this bus stop from … somewhere…
[ late edit: photo by Klaus Beltzner, in Santa Cruz, CA]
So what’s so special?
First, look at the bus stop. It’s right at the corner, how convenient. And we accuse America of being given over to cars cars cars. It’s Ottawa that devotes intersections to cars and locates the bus stops mid block or at least several bus lengths away from the corner. Transit users : take a hike !
Second, it has convenient seating for two. It won’t win a comfort prize (neighbours are probably worried deplorables might sit there) but it is useful for the elderly, infirm, tired, children, parents … in short, almost everyone.
Third, there is a steel track running down the street, and a railway crossing sign, which suggests there is surface trains. Not expensively grade separated.
Fourth, nice tree cover right by the sidewalk, offering dappled shade and a pleasant walking and waiting place. In Ottawa, trees are relegated to death pits or sent off to segregated places.
Fifth, the attractive walkway and bus stop are constructed with plain ole concrete and asphalt. No fancy pavers to not get maintained, no raised intersection to drain to the crosswalk.
Sixth, look at that street light post. It’s beautiful, with decorative cast base. Ottawa can’t stand anything old, and must replace it with modern angular posts devoid of much character (Gatineau is better at this than Ottawa, having numerous new decorative fixture poles).
Seventh, there are no traffic lights, saving on a forest of poles, underground wiring, giant yellow steel blobs hung in the air dominating the view.
Eight, the place shown recognizes there are cyclists, with sharrows (admittedly not the best cycling infra) on the cross street, and wide demarked parking lanes on the receeding street, gently steering cyclists away from the dooring zone and calming traffic by narrowing the apparent road/lane width.
Nine, there is an absence of no parking / no stopping signs, with zones being denoted by a painted stripe on the curb. We had these in Halifax when I grew up. Admittedly, these may not work so well when it snows in Ottawa.
Anything I missed?