published on 19 July 2019 in ecosystems
Flower-covered bus shelters to attract bees in Utrecht
Bus shelters in Utrecht, in Holland, have been turned into flower gardens to attract pollinators and in particular bees, the world population of which is diminishing considerably each year. For the most part sedum plants are used, a kind of succulent that is often underrated but is very hardy with numerous colourful varieties. Since June, no less than 316 bus shelters have been equipped with bee-friendly roof gardens. These shelters not only promote biodiversity in the city, helping pollinators to survive in a generally hostile environment, but they also reduce the heat island effect, lowering the summer temperatures and filtering some of the air pollutants.
Many bus stops have been equipped with photovoltaic panels, LED lighting and bamboo benches. The aim of the local administration is to make the city one of the healthiest and most sustainable places in Europe. Alongside this project, the municipal administration has announced that the whole fleet of buses will go electric by 2028. For now, the first ten electric buses are already in circulation on the streets of the city, replacing old diesel vehicles.
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