How to Make Your Bus Stop a Better Place

Group of People Waiting for Bus at Bus Stop

We here at Northwest Bus Sales talk a lot about buses: why they’re eco-friendly and efficient; why they’re getting more attention from cities and organizations alike; and why they’re great for any group travel occasion.

However, what largely goes under the radar is where you get on and off the bus itself: the bus stop! And how that bus stop looks, and feels, can largely impact your overall bus experience.

Luckily, there are several bus stop pioneers out there who are rethinking what a bus stop means to its local community and how to improve them.

Here are a few examples of what they did to improve this vital transit space:

Link the Bus Stop to Bikes

We need to see our bus network as connected to other transit systems, whether it’s subway or light rail (if that’s available), private cars, or, most importantly, bikes. Many commuters use their bikes for what’s called the “last mile” — that ride home from the nearest bus stop, that is faster by wheel than foot. So make your bus stop respond to that: try to encourage neighbors to get behind the installation of a bike rack, which can invite bike riders to use the stop more often. And if you’re really feeling creative, add a bike repair stall, with an air valve for refueling included.

Make the Bus Stop an Inviting Space

For this step, take your inspiration from local parks and public spaces: why do you like to spend there? Is it the benches? The tables? Or the general welcoming atmosphere? Whatever you think it is, add it to your bus stop. Maybe install a bench or table, so people can enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation as they wait for their bus. Or maybe more greenery, so it’s not a drab blight on the community and offer a sweet spot to sit.

Incorporate a Unique Feature

This is one of our favorite ideas: if you’re waiting for the buses, why not have a book you can read? Like a dentist’s office, it always helps to have reading material around to pass the time. A number of bus stops nationwide now feature free libraries, where people take a book, and leave a book. It can also be donation-based. (Because we all know that we have some extra books lying around.) Why not allow others to enjoy them?

Whatever your inspiration is, improving your bus stop is a great community-building project, that will allow you to meet your neighbors, work collaboratively, and create a space that you all love.

At Northwest Bus Sales, Inc., we love hearing the different approaches to bus travel out there which is why we offer a diverse inventory of models. Contact us today for any questions or concerns you may have!

Beat Bus Ride Blues with our Long Distance Travel Tips

Beat Bus Ride Blue with Our Long Distance Travel Tips

Tourist travel by bus allows the entire group to stay together so that you don’t have to worry about waiting around for anyone to catch up or arrive at your final destination. But there can be some challenges that come along with taking long distance trips, and we want to help you conquer them.

Beat your bus ride blues with a few of our long distance travel tips below.

Designate an Activities Coordinator

Sitting on a bus for hours at a time would cause anyone to get stir crazy. That’s why it’s a good idea for groups to elect an unofficial “activity’s coordinator” for the trip. This person should be the go-to for games and entertainment, and of course, they should like to create a welcoming, social atmosphere for the trip. This person should stock-up on travel board games for adults and verbal icebreakers that partners can do in their seats, maybe even a group ebook session that makes it easier to connect with each other.

Take Pit Stops and Explore New Turf

One of the best parts about traveling long distances by bus as opposed to plane is that you can stop every so often to check out a place you’ve never been. We suggest downloading a reputable travel app that allows you to make check-ins, stay on route, and find maps of the cities you visit. Before you start taking your long-distance trip, you should see which cities and towns are located between you and your final destination. Try to arrange to stop in at least a few of them so that you can get a taste for what the local culture is like before heading back on the road.

Keep Multiple Head Counts

When you’re getting on and off a bus multiple times, there’s a chance someone could end up getting left behind at a rest stop or restaurant without anyone noticing. You should put one person in charge of taking a roll call before your bus departs after each stop. It will ensure you don’t have to go back and pick someone up once you’ve left.

At Northwest Bus Sales, we provide transportation companies, tourist groups, and wanderlust individuals with the buses they need to take enjoyable long distance bus trips.

Find your ride today.

Tips for Traveling with Seniors

Tips for Traveling with Seniors

Traveling with senior citizens can present unique challenges. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling by air, boat, bus, or some other form of transportation. You are going to want to take the proper precautions to ensure seniors arrive at their final destination safely.

Here are a few tips for senior travel that will make it possible.

Give yourself extra time when traveling with seniors.

When you are planning a trip that will include one or more senior citizens, you are going to want to make sure you adjust your schedule accordingly to allow for extra time for getting to and from places; doing something as simple as maneuvering up a set of stairs can take a significant amount of time for a senior. If you fail to pad your schedule with the time you need, you will often find yourself running behind and you could end up missing reservations along the way.

Keep accessibility in mind at all times when traveling with seniors.

While some senior citizens are still able to walk up steps and walk longer distances in general, others will require accommodations when traveling. For example, a senior with a walker or cane will likely not be able to walk all the way across an airport and might need to catch a shuttle or be seated in a wheelchair. You want to make sure accessibility options are available and that your senior will be able to keep up with you.

Consider traveling with seniors by bus whenever possible.

While it’s not impossible to travel by air or boat with a senior, the easiest way to travel with seniors is by bus. Some buses come equipped with wheelchair lifts that make it simple for seniors to get in and out. They may also have restrooms that can be used by seniors at any time. They can fit up to 56 or more people, and everyone will be comfortable when you travel by bus.

Whether you are planning a trip for a senior group or an outing for a retirement home, buses are your best bet. Northwest Bus Sales can provide you with the buses you need to travel safely with seniors. All of our buses are inspected for safety and will prove to be ideal for senior travelers. Call us at 800-231-7099 today to find out about the buses we have in stock.