Design Implication from Public Life Data Around Bus Stations: Two Case Studies in Seattle
Public space is essential to people’s everyday life. It can improve people’s happiness, health, as well as the prosperity of the region. As people rely more and more on public transit, transit stations bring a significant number of pedestrians to the nearby streets. The public space around them should be designed to be more vibrant for pedestrian travel. If good conditions of the built environment are provided for these pedestrians and transit riders, they will have the chance to participate in more recreational and exciting activities. However, some public spaces around transit stations have not been received adequate design and management attention. This study explores the design implications of public space and activity around transit stations, especially bus stations. The study refers to methods and findings of public life studies conducted by Jan Gehl. The research analyzed public life data of people’s behaviors in the public spaces around representative bus stations in Seattle and speculates on their interactions with the built environment. Compact and continuous building facades, more quality seats, wider sidewalks with comfortable street furniture, and safety facilities along walkways help to create better pedestrian and public transportation experiences. The research findings could help understand what design makes successful public space, especially around public transit stations.
- Urban planning