Have you ever noticed someone standing on the side a busy road or sitting on the curb while waiting for a bus? The lack of seating at bus stops in our area is a real problem, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. This week however, Reconnect Rochester unveiled a clever solution which they believe could change this picture…
The volunteers at Reconnect Rochester recently tested a prototype bus stop seat shaped like a cube at two locations: The PriceRite at Dewey & Driving Park and N. Union St. at the Public Market. As the video above shows, the results were very positive.
These woman had just finished shopping and were waiting for their #10 bus when they were introduced to the CUBE seat. One of the women said that when she’s waiting for her bus, sometimes her legs give out. And she says the bus stop cube is the perfect height for her. She said many of the standard benches throughout the city are actually too low for her to get up out of easily.
These two students at the Public Market had just missed their bus back to RIT. A 40-minute wait for their next bus was made more enjoyable because they had a place to sit and talk.
And this woman said she was overjoyed when she saw the little green cube seat. Because of this small improvement, she felt like “the system” was actually thinking of her.
So what do you think? Leave a comment below.
How YOU Can Help…
Do you know of a Rochester bus stop that could use a seat? Reconnect Rochester is asking for people to pin those locations on this interactive map .
They’re also looking for sponsors/donors who can help pay for materials or donate work space and/or helping hands to build cubes.
If you would like to help, please contact [email protected] or call 585-354-6232 (leave a brief message and your contact info).
You can also make a tax-deductible contribution to Reconnect Rochester today, and help them move this idea (and others) forward in 2015.
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First, love this idea and it is much needed. Second, another important aspect to bus stops that is sorely lacking in Rochester is some type of pavement. In a place where half the year is wet and snowy, having to stand on mud/ice/etc. waiting for a bus is awful. Unfortunately, pavement is more expensive than these cubes and that much less likely to happen. In any event, I look forward to seeing more of these around town next time I’m in Rochester.