It’s more common than you might think. According to the Storefront Safety Council, drivers lose control and crash into storefronts more than 60 times each day. So what can you do to prevent or avoid it? Install parking lot bollards!
WHAT ARE BOLLARDS?
Bollards are short, functional posts installed in the parking lot to protect pedestrians and infrastructure. Safety bollards are typically made of steel or cast iron and primarily serve as a visual guide. Security or high-impact bollards are heavy-duty posts typically constructed with steel pipe. Either variety can be finished with powder coating in a high-visibility color to help them stand out.
WHY DO I NEED THEM?
Bollards have a variety of applications on the parking lot. Below are four of the biggest reasons to install them.
Accident or Injury Protection – Strategically placed, high-visibility bollards create a barrier and provide protection from distracted drivers who lose control of their vehicles.
Access Control – Bollards provide a visual guide and help separate pedestrian areas from vehicular areas. For example, they can border walkways down the middle of the parking lot or crosswalks. They can also be placed near medians, islands, and curb extensions to prevent vehicle access.
Security – Deter criminals from practicing “smash-and-grab” in which a vehicle is used to crash into a storefront, effectively distracting all inside, while an accomplice rushes in to grab whatever possible.
Asset Protection – Bollards may be placed in front of gas/water meters to help protect these and other vulnerable areas on the property from damage. They may also be installed inside a property or warehouse to protect equipment or hazardous areas.
HOW MANY SHOULD BE INSTALLED?
Proper spacing varies based on application. And spacing will determine the necessary quantity. For example, at the storefront, bollards are typically installed in a row. Standard spacing of 3 to 5 feet between each post is common; however, in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, spacing may vary. Work with a contractor experienced in site planning and ADA compliance and be sure to consult the Americans with Disabilities Act when planning.
WHO CAN INSTALL THEM?
Let’s Pave works with the industry’s leading manufacturers to offer you a variety of options including bollards that spin, absorb, and deflect. Whether you need flexible or rigid, removable or fixed-in-place, we can help determine and install the right system for your needs. For more information, review our bollard services or contact us for a free consultation.