Bollards are protective barriers and boundary markers
What is a bollard?
A bollard is a short post that guides traffic, deters vehicle intrusions, and protects people and structures. Bollards act as visual guides, reminding drivers to drive safely and responsibly in certain areas. When installed for security, bollards also block vehicle impacts. Many bollards also have decorative elements that complement building and landscape designs.
History of bollards
Bollards have been used for several different purposes throughout history. Originally, bollards were used as attachment posts for mooring ships. The first land-locked bollards were used by Romans as mile markers and horse tethering posts. Over time, as vehicle use increased, the need for traffic management and pedestrian protection also grew, and bollards for traffic control quickly became popular. Bollards are still found on wharfs for mooring purposes, but are mainly used today for protection of pedestrians, buildings, and properties from vehicles.
Bollards create clear visual barriers for drivers, directing traffic and blocking access to restricted areas. When used properly, bollards guide vehicles while ensuring clear sight lines and efficient pedestrian flow.
Some security bollards can be installed to provide high impact resistance against vehicle intrusions—accidental or otherwise. Steel pipe security bollards are made from ASTM 500 B structural grade steel, embedded deep into the ground, and reinforced with concrete for maximum protection.
Note: Several installation factors will affect the protective capacity of steel pipe bollards. Bollard dimensions, installation materials, and surrounding site conditions affect the amount of force a bollard can withstand. Consult an engineer to identify suitability and installation requirements for specific site applications.
Bollards offer more than just security. A decorative bollard enhances the visual appeal of surrounding buildings and landscapes, while creating a safer environment. Decorative bollards and covers complement the building’s style and the surrounding landscape or community neighborhood. Decorative bollard models can be easily installed as visual guides. Metal bollard covers or plastic sleeves can also cover steel pipe posts to improve aesthetics and visibility, and reduce corrosion and wear.
In addition to the use of bollards for traffic control, site security, and aesthetic appeal, bollards can be used for a range of applications:
Operable bollards: Operable bollards are installed with specialized mounting systems that allow changing post positions. Options include removable, retractable, and collapsible (fold-down) bollards. Operable bollards are ideal for locations with changing access needs, varying seasonal uses, or emergency vehicle access requirements.
Bike parking bollards: Having bicycle parking available promotes sustainability and cycling, and reduces damage and obstruction from improperly parked bikes. Bicycle parking bollards have bike-locking arms that allow for secure, short-term bicycle storage.
Solar light bollards: Solar lighted bollards increase visibility in pedestrian areas during dark or low-light conditions. Using solar energy panels and an internal energy management system, solar bollards maximize efficiency and do not require external wiring or conduits. Solar bollards use long-lasting LED bulbs, and highly durable solar panels.
Buildings and landscapes should be designed with aesthetics, function, and longevity in mind. Reliance Foundry bollards are made from high-quality materials, ensuring long-term use with minimal wear and corrosion maintenance required. Bollards also come in a variety of designs, colors, sizes, and installation methods. An effective bollard choice increases both the security and aesthetic value of neighboring structures, sites, and walkways. Each site is unique; consider site-specific needs when selecting a type of bollard.