City of Utrecht Bus stops with green roofs

bus stop with green roof

Our mission is to be the healthiest region in Europe. The number of inhabitants in the city and the region is growing rapidly. This creates challenges for living and working.

In Utrecht we opt for healthy growth, for healthy happy residents in an attractive and economically strong city. We work together with everyone who wants to contribute to solutions for a healthy life in an urban environment. We experiment and convert ideas into results with impact, results that contribute to a healthy living in the Utrecht region and beyond.

Bus stops in Utrecht

1. How did you create the bee-friendly bus stops?

We have done a tender for the bus stops with a set of requirements for ‘healthy urban living’. The new operator is RBL Outdoor/ Clear Channel. They supply and manage the bus stops.

2. Why did you choose to make the bus stops bee-friendly?

We want a healthy living environment for everyone. Green roofs help with the capture of fine dust, the storage of rainwater end provide cooling in the heat. They also ensure biodiversity in the city, which is good for insects such as bees.

3. Why is it important to help bees thrive?

The bee is an endangered species in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. They are very important for the eco-system.

4. How are the bus stops maintained?

RBL Outdoor supplies, installs and maintains the bus stops. The municipality has no costs for the purchase, and also no costs for the management and maintenance. RBL Outdoor pays the costs by advertising income.

5. How many bus stops have you transformed?

At this moment 316 bus stops have green roofs.

6. Other than being bee-friendly, how else are the bus stops beneficial to the environment?

In addition to the 316 bus stops with sedum roof, 96 stops have solar panels. All stops receive LED lighting and have a bamboo seat. Maintenance is done with electric transport.

7. What other steps have you taken towards making the city more sustainable?

You can find more information about our policy on www.utrecht.nl/duurzamestad and www.utrecht.nl/wonen-en-leven/gezonde-leefomgeving

8. What plans do you have to make the city more sustainable in future?

See previous question. At the end of 2019 we will also receive a bee-friendly advertising mast in Utrecht with the largest bee hotel in the world. In 2050, Utrecht wants to be completely circular as a city.

If you have more questions, please let us know.