10 April 2017

Do you wait for the bus with the same people every day, never talking or acknowledging them? When it comes to public transport, us Britons are famous for keeing our heads down and our eyes to ourselves, but wouldn't it be great if we could liven up our commutes by chatting with a friendly face?

Edible bus stop in Stockwell.

The beauty of the bus stop Big Lunch

Imagine walking to the bus stop to join a group conversation about last night's season finale, or Mrs Winkler's amazing cherry blossoms. Or even just a smile and a nod to a couple of neighbours you've chatted to a few times.

A bus stop Big Lunch is a simple idea. Just pick a communal space near your bus stop (just be cautious of busy roads) and invite people who use that bus stop to come along and get to know each other over a shared meal. If you're shy, you don't even need to let anyone know that you're the organiser: just put some posters up around the bus stop area (although not on the bus shelter if your transport company doesn't allow it) and do some clever pavement promotion with chalk to help spread the word.

If you're not phased by taking ownership, order a free pack and hand out invites to everyone waiting with you. You can download and print extra posters and invites too.

Your bus stop Big Lunch can be as simple or extravagant as you like: a laid back affair with a bit of music and a casual vibe, or a bigger bash with games, decorations, and entertainment. There's no right or wrong, the main thing is that you get together.

Commuting conversations can also change lives. For 1 in 20 people, talking with a neighbour is the highlight of their day, yet 53% of us have never said 'Hello' or 'Good morning' to theirs. Creating a daily opportunity for conversation could be a lifeline for someone in your community.

Does this sound like a bit of you? Sign up to get your pack for plenty of inspiration and practical advice. We'd love to hear from you if you're planning a bus stop Big Lunch. Email communities@edenproject.com and let us know what you're up to.


If you fancy sprucing up your bus stop, check out Edible Bus Stops!