2013-07-24 SHBB Brad blogcat_bike_racks blogcat_bike_stands blogcat_bike_bollards
What are Bike Bollards?
Reliance Foundry explains how an ornate architectural accent can be used to provide secure parking for the modern commuter.
Reliance Foundry’s bike bollards make it possible to blend an elegant architectural approach with the modern necessity of secure bike storage. The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals has found that the amount of available parking is a major reason that bicyclists decide whether to visit particular areas or businesses, and that more people are interested in riding bicycles to work (or combining bike and public transit) if bike parking is available at work or transit stations. Bike parking is definitely an essential component of modern streetscapes and bike bollards are a stylish solution for providing it.
Reliance Foundry first added bike-locking arms to its bollards in 2008 and the bike bollard product line was born. In ornate designs, the newly developed bike bollards could be used to instantly transform existing steel pipe bollards into outdoor bike stands and this made them the ideal solution for many sites. Thousands of bollards already in place protecting buildings & pedestrians from vehicle incursions were given parking capabilities Reliance Foundry’s bike bollard covers. Rather than buying and installing new bicycle racks or bicycle stands, the bike bollards allowed concrete-filled pipe bollards to be retrofitted with secure bike-locking arms. Best of all, they eliminated the costs associated with removal and reinstallation.
In many cities, a design criterion is often mandated to ensure that bike parking systems do not clash with the architectural motif. Some cities no longer allow styles like the traditional grid or newer wave configurations that do not mesh with the surrounding architecture. For these applications, bike bollards are often the ideal solution because of the ambiance they create. In many areas, funding is even available to assist the private sector in purchasing and sometimes even maintaining bicycle parking.
Bollards play an important role in a site’s overall architecture and many customers, especially those with period properties, don't want to lose the architectural accent that ornate bollards add to their streetscapes. Modern designs can create dissonance, but many bike bollard designs provide a classic appeal that is preferred by architects and designers. Aesthetically, Reliance Foundry’s traditionally-styled, iron bike bollards are the ideal complement to older neighborhoods.
Along with historically-inspired, ornate bike bollards, Reliance Foundry offers a wide variety of bike bollards that feature functional designs. Over 40 design options are available that can be finished in one of 10 different powder-coated colors. To complement modern architectural approaches, stainless steel bike bollards are also available. No matter what the finish, Reliance Foundry’s bike bollards are constructed from durable metals and offer an exceptionally long service life. They guide traffic, provide secure storage and increase safety and accessibility. To view the entire catalogue of offerings, visit the bike bollard solutions section of Reliance Foundry’s website.
For additional information contact:
Phone: (604) 592-4323
Fax: (604) 590-8875
Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd. delivers the highest-quality stock and custom-designed products for architectural site furnishings, traffic management and industrial applications. Since 1925, Reliance Foundry has built upon a long tradition of metal casting expertise to become an award-winning supplier for high-profile and everyday needs across North America.