“When I created the first advertising-financed bus shelter, free to local authorities, over fifty years ago, my idea was to solve the following problems: to provide a service to members of the public using public transport, to eliminate the problem of damaged and dirty public installations, and to prevent the market saturation of existing outdoor advertising by renewing it and giving it the lively role that high-quality outdoor advertising should have.” - – Jean-Claude Decaux, founder of JCDecaux
Over 1,000 cities across the world have chosen JCDecaux’s products for their quality and the reliability of our cleaning and maintenance programme. Taking the needs of all users of public transport into consideration, we have developed a multi-service bus shelter, which includes features such as telephones, interactive terminals, toilets and more.
By combining these features, our bus shelters offer comfort in addition to practical benefits for all users.
City bikes are a user-friendly and practical means of transport that helps to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Giving users the opportunity to simply pick up and return a bicycle when the need arises enables them to leave their car at home – and reduce their environmental impact.
JCDecaux’s city bicycle system is currently available in over 70 cities across the world, and we have developed electric city bikes that we are able to offer our licensors. The system is currently operational in 13 different countries with over 52,000 bicycles.
The bike stations are located near bus stops and train stations, making everyday life easier for users by giving them the option to select their means of transport in accordance with the weather and their working hours.
The self-serve bike hire service is intended for short journeys of an average of around 20 minutes, and enables users to travel quickly from station to station.
JCDecaux’s main objective has always been to develop street furniture that offers real public benefit, including public toilets.
We installed the first automatic public toilet in 1982, and the number of the various toilet types installed by JCDecaux has steadily increased since then. Following development in collaboration with a group of specialist American engineers, the first completely automatic public toilet designed for persons with disabilities was launched by JCDecaux in San Francisco, USA, in 1995. Fourteen years after the first launch, and with over 4,000 completely automatic toilets in operation, JCDecaux is the most experienced company in the world operating in this area today. In Norway, our completely automatic toilets are installed in Oslo, Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola, Skien, Tønsberg, Moss and Sarpsborg. The toilets are accessible to everyone, but specifically adapted for persons with disabilities with features that include Braille, spoken information inside the toilet, handrails and an alarm function, etc.
Since our first toilet was installed in Paris in the early 1980s, more than 210,000,000 individuals have used our toilets around the world.
The Liberté artwork was officially unveiled in Spikersuppa in Oslo – just by the Storting parliamentary building – on 15 May 2014. This installation of toilets was created by artist Lars Ø. Ramberg, who is also known for the Zweifel installation in Berlin.
A modern and future-oriented city must communicate effectively with its inhabitants, and JCDecaux offers a range of information products for this purpose.
A city often has several areas of historical significance, and JCDecaux has developed an advertising-free information panel for installation in historical areas. Our historic panels inform passers-by of historical points of interest – such as specific locations, special buildings or monuments with historical associations.
JCDecaux currently has over 30,000 free-standing, backlit information panels installed in 17 countries around the world. Our panels feature two faces, with one side usually used by the municipality – to provide information about cultural events or a city map, for example – and the other side used for advertising purposes. Experience from European cities shows that this information channel helps to reduce the municipality’s overall information costs.
ELECTRONIC INFORMATION PANELS
JCDecaux has developed information systems that communicate with the general public in real time. These panels offer an excellent way of providing information about real-time events and can be installed at various locations – for example to inform motorists of traffic accidents or roadworks. In city centres and pedestrianised areas, our system provides an effective means of disseminating information about everything from changes to public transport routes to museum opening times, details of cultural events and more.
Following a request from the mayor of the city of Boston, USA, JCDecaux recently designed an interactive terminal for outdoor use. Developed in collaboration with Microsoft, our interactive outdoor terminal provides members of the public with the ability to access a wealth of municipal and public information, book taxis and train, cinema and theatre tickets, reserve tables at restaurants, purchase credit top-ups for mobiles and travel cards – and more. The terminals feature of a touch screen, card reader, telephone and printer.
JCDecaux’s range of benches includes everything from classic wooden benches to modern, innovative designs. All our benches are available in a range of materials and colours, are fixed to the ground, and feature a wooden seat.
JCDecaux’s lighting programme ensures a special atmosphere. Our park and street lighting is available in a variety of designs and can be seen adorning the Champs-Élysées in Paris, Mayors Square in San Francisco and the parade ground in Metz, France. The lighting height and design is adapted to each location to ensure the best possible solution.
JCDecaux’s city columns can be found at central locations in more than 1,000 cities in Europe and the USA. All cities need access to their ventilation systems, sewers and other subterranean systems – the city column’s function is therefore to provide these systems with an entrance. Like our information panels, our city columns feature a municipal side that can be used for the provision of information, or public service functions such payphones, drinking water fountains, ticket machines or a toilet.
Philippe Stark, Andrée Putman and Martin Szekely are just three of the many international stars who have designed waste bins for JCDecaux. Our waste bins can be integrated into bus shelters or installed independently in city environments, and are available in a range of sizes with waste sorting options or as a single normal waste bin. Our waste bins are always securely fixed to the ground, and JCDecaux is responsible for their daily servicing and maintenance.
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