Sometimes in parking lots you’ll notice polls sticking out of the ground. These are bollards. Bollards are used to control traffic, protect areas and serve as decorative pieces. We will go through out bollards came to be and dive a bit deeper into their purposes and how they keep your parking lot safe.
Bollards were first used by ships for anchoring to the dock. They needed a way to keep the ships from drifting off to sea and so they took old cannons and stuck them into the dock, with the barrel facing down and the wider bottom at the top. They would then tie the ships to the dock to help anchor them. They would call these structures bollards.
Today bollards have increased their purposes and are used in parking lots to create a better functioning parking lot. Bollards are now often made from steel and concrete and come in different styles in order to meet the decorative look of your parking lot. There are several main purposes to bollards which we go into further below:
Bollards are used for traffic control. Bollards are tall intrusive points that stick up from the ground. They are visual aids that help drivers know driving restrictions and help to guide the drivers as they drive away from areas they are not supposed to go into. Bollards are normally bright in color in order to stick out and help clearly direct the drivers. They help to limit movement of cars. The placement of the bollards could also help with slowing traffic down. Bollards that are placed close together and make the driving space narrow helps to slow cars down. Drivers are more careful when they are driving close to bollards.
Bollards are used for protection. Bollards help to protect pedestrian ways, sidewalks and storefronts from cars. Bollards are strong and sturdy so cars cannot by pass them. If a car loses control or rams into a pedestrian filled place, it will be stopped by the bollards. This protects against car attacks and keeps pedestrians safe.
Bollards are used for decorative pieces. Bollards come in all different colors and styles making allowing you to use them for decorative purposes. They are helpful for designing purposes and crating intentional spaces that look good.
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