The usage of bollards dates back during the 18th century. They are made from different kinds of materials including metal, rubber, and plastic. Before, most bollards are made of wood. But modern day bollards are made of collapsible materials to prevent damage on a vehicle in cases of collision. Some bollards have bright colors such as neon orange and neon yellow to reflect light, while others are used as anchor for street signs. These minor engineering infrastructures may seem insignificant to innocent and naïve eyes, but their benefits are very important.
Here are three important benefits of bollards.
1. Traffic management. Many people move to the city. Business and entertainment industries are growing. Car prices may have skyrocketed, but affordable car loans are available in abundance. These and so much more make urban areas densely packed. Over-crowding and over-population make city traffic terrible, dangerous, and sometimes unmanageable. Putting of bollard posts could help traffic management by limiting movements and narrowing the space on the road. Other uses include:
• controlling overspill parking
• to designate areas as car-free
• use as division on very wide roads
• to indicate a no-entry area
• to designate areas for motorbikes or bicycles
• to outline a steep curve
• to enhance road sign prominence
2. Protection. With today’s ever growing urbanization, one can’t be too careful. The magnitude of road accidents have become rather more dangerous, and the frequency rampant. Protect your property by using bollard posts. These will prevent vehicle from directly colliding into the building in cases of road accidents.
3. Security. Aside from buildings, bollard posts could also provide security for you, your family, your costumers, or your clients. Bollard posts serve as barrier to prevent ram-raiding or vehicle getting close to a building in cases of attacks.
Bollard posts should be a vital part in any urban planning and engineering throughout the world, now and in the future. As the world continues to grow in population, as cities get flocked by people seeking for economic opportunities, as urbanization widens and takes a greater portion of the world, they will play significant roles in public welfare.