Different bollards used in our day to day lives
Let’s be honest, if you asked 10 people what a bollard is, 9 out of 10 of them probably wouldn’t know. That’s because bollards are sold by a select few and it’s only a few companies and local municipalities that use them for specific uses. The rest of us barely notice them.
However, once someone points it out to you, or you write a blog post about them, you’ll always know what a bollard is, but currently the humble bollard gets a bad rap in terms of publicity. It needs more attention. So here are seven different types of bollards that you might encounter in your day to day lives.
Definition. A bollard is a vertical post from short and stumpy to long and thin. They were used for mooring ships and boats to the quay but today are more commonly used as safety and control measures.
Portable Safety Barriers
Portable safety barriers are barriers that are usually installed for a specific time period, like for sporting events or concerts, allowing for easy crowd and traffic control. They are easy to install and just as easy to remove, making for a convenient short term safety and control measure.
Breakaway bollards are used to prevent traffic from entering unauthorised areas or parking where they are not supposed to. The important point is that they are deterrents and will break off if hit by a car, so they are not to be used as a strict security measure. The reason they break off is so that emergency personnel can access these areas in case of an emergency, meaning the areas will be blocked off but not inaccessible.
Bell bollards are flattish bell-shaped humps designed to allow vehicles to roll around them but keeping them off traffic islands at the same time. They allow cars to perform U-turns and tight turns if need be and cars can semi-mount the bollard without actually driving over them.
These are automated bollards which are popular in Europe. They are electronically controlled to allow access to buses and emergency vehicles. The bollards remain visible to the general public but will sink into the ground to allow designated vehicles access before rising magically again to prevent the rest of the public from using those roads. ‘
Of course there’s always the ‘smart’ drivers who think they can quickly pass over the bollard by following close to the legal vehicles in front of them, only to land up marooned on a rising bollard with some significant damage done to their cars.
Redirective Crash Cushion
These crash cushion bollards are self-restoring and can cushion cars at speeds up to 80km/h. These bollards can withstand a different range of impacts, and are built to last.
Recycled Plastic Bollards
While most bollards are made from iron or steel, there is range of recycled plastic bollards, which are ideal as light and medium markers. These are manufactured from recycled plastic from 100% mixed post-consumer waste, are weather resistant, fire proof, crack resistant and are most commonly used in parks and rural environments.
The original bollard, still as effective today as it was when it was first used, probably over 150 years ago. These waterside mooring bollards are perfect to tie watercraft to and are used in canals, lakes, river and seaside. They are designed to have a mushroom appearance that is a large diameter top so that ropes can be dropped over them and will not easily come loose. They often include a cross rod for additional security for tying the ropes.