Current Day Bollard Use

Traffic Bollards

After the rapid technological development of transportation brought legions of cars, buses, vans, lorries, motorbikes and coaches to our streets, it quickly became apparent that the chaos caused by having so many motorized vehicles on the road needed to be tamed. It was natural then, that city planners recognised the need for something which was dependable, reliable, needed little maintenance, and would have the staunch, long-lasting force to withstand and control the wild vehicles of the modern world. You know what came next.

It was soon realised that the potential bollards possessed with regards to calming, easing and controlling traffic was massive. The Traffic Calming Organization noted the many uses of bollards with a particular focus on controlling the space within which vehicles could drive. Limiting the opportunities for drivers to hog space on the road or undertake during rush hours proved a happy job for the bollard. It was also found that bollards could reduce accidents on motorway exits by slowing the traffic and controlling the flow.
Another use of traffic bollards is to control the flow of traffic by limiting which vehicles can and cannot pass through. By spacing the units in a certain way, cars can be blocked from passing whereas bicycles, motorcycles or other specialized vehicles can still pass through. Marking off and protecting pedestrianised areas, especially in city centres, is another common use of the traffic bollard allowing shoppers and tourists to wander freely and unhindered through the city’s many attractions.
Contrasting the problems Amsterdam faced when trucks were hitting their beloved Amsterdammertje, most modern USA bollards are created from specialised materials which allow them to collapse when struck by vehicles moving at any speed only to reform to their original shape once the vehicle has passed. A far cry from the steadfast, surly bollards of old!