Pedestrian Protection Bollards
Bollard is not a familiar term for a lot of people. Everyone has seen them but might not have known what they were called. Of late, bollards have been in the news more as world events have put more focus on pedestrian safety. Articles in USA Today and the New York times have cited the difference bollards made in saving lives earlier this year in Time Square. In public areas where cars and pedestrians are in close proximity, steel and concrete bollards are often seen to separate cars from entering areas where pedestrians are. In the Times Square incident, the bollards had been added just the year before and their presence stopped a car that was headed the wrong way down a way one way street from doing even more damage then it might have.
Property Protection Bollards
Bollards are not only used for pedestrian safety but are also commonly used to protect buildings and property. Occasionally one will hear about a driver who lost control of their car before heading into a storefront or a restaurant. For building and property protection, steel and concrete bollards are again a common option. Again, more permanent solutions like concrete and steel bollards are typically seen in these circumstances.
Bollards for Temporary Traffic Control
Removable bollards are perfect in areas where the safety measures needed may be more temporary. Situations like valet parking, parking lots, schools or loading areas where guidance is needed for traffic for short durations. Removable bollards may have good grip rubber bases or they may be ‘drop in’ bollards that can be anchored to the ground with a steel base as needed and removed later. Some removable bollards even have wheels attached to allow them to be moved into place easily.
Bollard Covers for Quick Aesthetics & Greater Visibility
For bollards that have been in place for a long time and might be looking a little worn, bollard covers are a great option. Your steel bollards may still be doing a great job but they may not be looking their best anymore. Bollard covers can range from fancier, more decorative covers with lights and an architectural look to simpler bollard covers whose main purpose is just to look fresh and increase visibility. If your bollards are in good structural shape then bollard covers may be the perfect, cost effective solution. You can dramatically improve the appearance of an area without spending a lot of money while continuing to protect pedestrians and property.