2014-01-24 Brad TRQT TRMA
Traffic Bollards Protect Cars, Buildings, and People
Learn the types of bollards best suited for every traffic application.
Traffic bollards are kind of like the masked vigilantes of the superhero genre—they never ask for thanks, just silently protect the citizens and structures around them. That analogy might be a bit dramatic, but these bollards really can save lives and prevent property damage.
A lot of people don’t know the word “bollard,” but would definitely recognize the device if they saw it. Bollards are the metal posts that you often see in parking lots. They are of varying heights and widths and are also found in front of buildings or other outdoor spaces in which the flow of traffic must be controlled. They are normally spaced out so that typically-sized vehicles can’t get through them and this makes them very useful in some traffic applications.
The traffic control bollards that Reliance Foundry manufactures can be used for several different purposes: they can help separate cars and pedestrians, clearly delineate where traffic is supposed to flow, block cars from pedestrian walkways, visually aid traffic in areas notorious for limited visibility, and enclose car-free zones.
Types of Traffic Control Bollards
Not all traffic patterns are the same, and neither are all traffic control bollards. The type of bollard that should be selected depends on its primary purpose—will it be directing traffic in an area with changing traffic patterns, blocking off an area for an event, separating a bike lane, or doing something else entirely? Here are a few different types of traffic bollards created by Reliance Foundry:
Removable bollards are sturdy and look like permanent bollards, but they can be removed from a receiver in the ground to permit vehicle access when needed. They are useful in areas that see increased vehicle traffic during large-scale events, areas that may occasionally need to be designated as “car-free” due to a high volume of foot traffic, or in areas that only authorized vehicles are permitted to enter.
Retractable bollards are a closely related to removable bollards but feature several distinct differences. They are more expensive than removable bollards, but they can quickly and smoothly be retracted into a concrete receiver below the ground. When they are fully retracted, the receiver is covered and lies flush with the ground to prevent trip and fall accidents. This type of traffic bollard is useful in many of the same situations that you would use removable bollards, but they are especially good when used around areas that emergency vehicles might need to enter. Another benefit of retractable bollards is that they don’t need to be stored at a different location when not in use.
Reliance Foundry’s flexible traffic bollard is rigid enough to give the appearance of sturdy steel bollards but they are actually composed of plastic polymer. They can bend up to ninety degrees upon impact with a vehicle and will return to their original form afterwards. This type of bollard is particularly useful in parking lots or curves in the road where driver may turn their cars too sharply without realizing it—unless they have traffic bollards to help direct them. Pedestrians and building owners will appreciate the clear boundaries that these flexible bollards establish, and any drivers that do bump into them will be relieved not to have damaged their vehicle.
Steel Pipe bollards
Steel Pipe bollards are the bollards most commonly found in parking lots, where they guide traffic and protect pedestrians and property from errant vehicles. They are often situated in the areas of parking lots where pedestrians converge or near entrances to retail outlets. Steel pipe bollards are set in a concrete substrate and filled with concrete to provide a high level of impact resistance. They present a very basic look and can be painted or covered with a plastic or metal bollard cover to improve their aesthetic value. Steel pipe bollards should be used in traffic applications where vehicle encroachment presents a greater threat.
If your job is to manage the traffic around a building or in a city, it’s important that you assess the primary needs of that area in order to determine what type of traffic bollard will be the best fit. Search Reliance Foundry’s online bollard catalog to find the option best suited for your traffic application.
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.