Street furniture (also called road furniture) are items added to roads, footpaths and verges to help influence road user behaviour and assist pedestrians.
Public amenity signs
Public amenity signs give pedestrians information about the local area. In the case of the sign below it’s a liquor ban, but it could be for a park or nature reserve.
Benches come in many shapes. The ones below maximise the space near the taxi rank.
Bus stops can be as simple as a sign (like this), or a structure with a roof.
Bike racks can be standalone like this, or sometimes they are attached to other structures such as lamp posts.
Sculpture and public art
Public art increases the general amenity of an area
Anti-sit/lie structures are used to stop people from congregating in a certain place, e.g. homeless people.
Other examples of road furniture
Public toilets, phone boxes, fire hydrants and historical markers.
Perhaps the most ubiquitous type of road furniture, street lights improve safety and visibility. They can be simple like the one shown below, or some tourist areas have design themes.
Pay for your parking tickets in these. There are several types.
Fences and barriers
Bollards help prevent people parking in areas they shouldn’t park.
Cameras can be used for security monitoring or speeding/red light running offence detection and prosecution.
Signs are there to instruct road users and there are hundreds of different types