Often, bollards do their jobs protecting people and places in undramatic ways. You only notice when they’re not there.
Vehicles crash into storefronts about 60 times per day. Most of the time, these accidents are caused by people mistaking the gas for the brake or having their accelerator stick. In the incidents below, thankfully only minor injuries resulted—but a good deal of property damage was done.
Three stores that could have used a bollard
The stopping power of home bargains - Ulster Herald Videos
An explosion of drywall and shelving stops a runaway car. A security bollard would have been far less dramatic.
A car that really doesn’t like bicycles – RT Video
Bollards often help delineate bicycle lanes. Maybe they should mark off bike storefronts, as well?
Not supposed to be a drive-through – RT Video
Is that a safety bollard at 0:07? Will it stop this sportscar?
Unfortunately, it’s an ashtray!
Three times bollards won
When bollards intervene, the results are extraordinary—even if less of a spectacle than when walls and retail shelving do the job.
Parking lot bollard stops confused driver
A reckless driver is stopped by bollards. Both car and bollards end up with damage, but the car is stopped from crashing into the storefront.
Mercedes vs. Concrete Bollards – Durban Times Live
This Mercedes swerved into a public pathway and was caught by a group of concrete bollards—and now looks like it’s trying to launch itself airborne.