Free wireless is cool but remember to look up so you don’t miss your bus while surfing the net

Why does a bus stop need to be solar powered, you ask? To power its LED lighting, intercom system and even a wireless router – at least, that’s how it is with these swanky new bus stops being installed in San Fransisco. The stop you see up above is the first of the 1,100 wavy-topped, solar-powered bus stops the city wants to roll out by 2013.

For anyone who relies on public transportation, that dedicated, low power lighting sounds great during a late night commute. For everyone else, a city-wide blanket of Wi-Fi is just awesome. The stops also give whatever energy they don’t use back to the grid, and are built using mostly recycled materials. Check out more of them in the gallery down below.