Train station smoking columns to be converted to E-bike charging points

Dutch train station “smoke columns” are getting a makeover: new e-bike charging stations.

As of this month, smoking is no longer allowed at train stations in the Netherlands. The now completely smoke-free stations have had their ashtrays, smoking zone signs, and smoke poles removed. 

Seeking a new use for these materials, ProRail came up with the idea to convert them into something more useful for rail-riders, reports RTL. “We want people to travel sustainably from door to door. Not just by train, but, for example, by bicycle to the station. By converting smoking posts into charging points, we can ensure that more people use the electric bicycle,” says Willem van Ewijk from ProRail. 

The prototype for the new design was presented by the company Lightwell during Dutch Design Week. “Not throwing away or recycling, but upcycling: coming up with a new function is better for the environment than melting down,” a spokesperson for the company said. He’s pleased to be able to “turn something unhealthy like smoking into something healthy.”

What do you think of this innovative use of materials? Let us know in the comments!

Feature Image: Skitterphoto/Pexels

Brin Andrews
Brin is an avid ice cream eater from the US, calling Amsterdam home since early 2019. As a lover of mountains, life below sea level has been a bit of an adjustment, but she manages to stay afloat with long runs, wine, and frequent travel. Incidentally, these are a few of her favourite topics to write about.


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