Over 300 bus stations in the Netherlands have been converted into 'bee stops.'

 


Bee numbers are in decline all around the world, according to scientists.
However, the Dutch city of Utrecht has devised a novel solution to the problem: it is converting its bus shelters into bee sanctuaries.


To encourage biodiversity in the city, more than 300 bus shelters have been converted into bee-friendly green hubs.


On the rooftops, grass and wildflowers have been planted, giving a safe home for many species of bees that serve as pollinators and aid in plant propagation.


According to Maurice Prijs, a project manager with Utrecht's municipal administration, green roofs also help catch fine dust, retain rainwater, and offer cooling in hot weather. 

Workers who drive about the city in electric cars tend to the bee stops.
The project, however, takes little maintenance because the roofs are mostly made up of sedum plants, which are popular with pollinators and require very little water to thrive.


The bus stations have also been equipped with energy-efficient LED lighting and bamboo seats to increase amenities for human tourists.

 This is only one of several initiatives in Utrecht aimed at increasing urban biodiversity.


It also has a similar program where people may apply for funding to turn their roofs into bee sanctuaries.


The goal is to deploy 55 new electric buses by the end of the year as part of its clean transportation ambitions, and to achieve "fully clean public transportation" by 2028.


The electricity for these buses will be generated by one of the Netherlands' most popular attractions: windmills.

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