When is a bus stop not a bus stop?

It looks like a bus stop... (photo credit: ETA Trust)

It looks like a bus stop… (photo credit: ETA Trust)

It looks like a bus stop. There’s a shelter, a sign and passengers milling about. There’s even a bus waiting.

If you look closely, however, there are a few clues that this is no ordinary bus stop: the people in hi-viz jackets, carrying clipboards and stop watches; the carefully choreographed movements of the passengers; the distinct lack of any other traffic on the road. And since when has any bus stop (at least in this country) had a bike track running behind it?

For this is no real bus stop. It is, in fact, a new ‘cyclist-friendly’ bus stop design being trialled as part of Boris’s vision for cycling in London. Continue reading