Different Types of Metal & Steel Bollard Posts

Businesess usually carry 5 main categories of metal & steel pipe bollards in both used and new condition. Many of these are easy to install yourself, while others require professional installation that most Businesess will implement on your behalf upon request.

What is a Bollard?

You might be wondering, what exactly is a bollard?

They Are:

Metal bollards are extremely rugged and will withstand impacts from a variety of material handling devices such as pallet racks, forklifts, and scissor lifts. They can be used to protect any sensitive storage area, storage materials and racks, and restricted access points including parking and loading docks.

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Steel Pipe Safety Bollards – 1 3/4″ O.D.Steel Pipe Safety Bollards – 1 3/4″ O.D

Bollards can be used both indoors and outdoors to protect work areas, racking and personnel. Powder coated safety yellow finish. Steel Safety Bollards

These pipe-shaped bollards (or traffic barriers) can be used both indoors and outdoors to protect work areas, racking and personnel. Manufactured with welded steel construction, each unit is powder coated with safety yellow finish. Molded rubber caps are removable on 4½” and 5½” diameter units to allow for concrete infill.

Steel caps are welded on the 1¾” diameter units.

Each base plate measures 8″ x 8″, on the 4.5 and 5.5 units (5″ x 5″ on the 1¾” units), and includes four pre-drilled mounting holes. Businesess can supply mounting kits and replacement caps when needed.

Chrome-Plated Steel Bollard Chrome-Plated Steel Bollard Post & Barriers.

Improve the image of your facility while protecting people and equipment with this heavy-duty Chrome Bollard. Unit is made of Steel Chrome Bollard.

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Chrome is a highly attractive metal on anything, including a bollard. Chrome-plated bollards will improve the image of your facility and at the same time protect people and equipment.

Every unit is made of steel and finished with attractive bright chrome plating for a clean fresh look. A black plastic top cap is removable to fill the pipe with concrete for greater strength and stability.

Spring Loaded Steel Bollards

These metal bollards are designed to serve as a visual and audible warning to personnel. They feature a unique spring-loaded design will bend and not break like rigid bollards. This works to prevent damage to the bollard and to any equipment that may hit it.

Spring-loaded metal bollards can also be ordered with optional light/siren. The light/siren unit includes sensitive switches that will activate a strobe light and warning siren when contacted.

Energy Efficient

The unit is highly energy efficient and operates with two 9V batteries (not included). Installation is simple—the light/siren slides directly into the top of the pipe.

Each bollard is manufactured from steel and includes a powder coat safety yellow finish. Bollards measure 42″ high with a 2½” O.D.

Offset Steel Bollards. Offset Steel Bollard Post/Barrier

Unique design features offset base plate that won’t interfere with traffic. Base plate includes (4) pre-drilled mounting holes (mounting hard Offset Steel Bollards

The unique design features of this pipe bollard’s offset base plate will not interfere with traffic. Businesess usually ship a removable rubber top cap and black/yellow safety tape with every order. The heavy-duty welded steel construction with a powder coat safety yellow finish is standard.

Concepts for Protecting Bicyclists, Pedestrians and Motorcyclists

Despite long haul upgrades in traffic security, people on foot, bicyclists, and motorcyclists face expanding dangers on our roadways. In 2013, 4,735 walkers were killed and more than 65,000 were harmed, averaging a fatality at regular intervals and damage frequently.

The numbers are just as concerning for cyclists, with 743 passings and 48,000 wounds in 2013. While traffic accidents and fatalities have been declining by and large, somewhere around 2009 and 2013 the quantity of bicyclist and people on foot fatalities expanded by 15 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

Challenges and Risks

In light of developing dangers to defenseless street walkers, new advances—extending from equipment introduced straightforwardly on vehicles to inventive, sensor-based recognition frameworks—are developing at a quick pace. Difficulties are as shifted as the arrangements.

For instance, sensor-based frameworks should accurately decipher person on foot developments in swarmed urban ranges and should recognize vital intercessions from false cautions.

Research, Initiatives, and Solutions

Expanding on triumphs seen abroad, a few U.S. urban areas—including Portland, Oregon; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and New York City—are starting projects to introduce side gatekeepers on trucks to shield people on foot and cyclists from the back wheels of a vehicle in the case of a crash.

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These new alterations have demonstrated their viability: after a national side guard order in the United Kingdom, fatalities diminished by 61 percent for cyclists and 20 percent for people on foot in side-swipe crashes with trucks. Side-swipe impacts result in a lopsided number of walkers and cyclist fatalities in the United States.

About a portion of bicyclists and more than a quarter of pedestrians are murdered after being hit with trucks first effect the side of the automobile.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Technology is also being developed to reduce the likelihood of crashes involving vulnerable road users. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are being developed to alert drivers to nearby vulnerable road users.  By combining camera- and mirror-based detection methods with radar, sonar, or infrared sensors, ADAS technology can provide 360 degrees of coverage surrounding a vehicle—even at night or in inclement weather, conditions in which collisions are most likely to occur.

ADAS alerts drivers through visual, auditory, or kinesthetic cues, and at higher levels of sophistication, these technologies can also proactively apply brakes to avoid an accident. Honda has demonstrated experimental ideas that employ connected vehicle technology—using cooperative communication between an individual’s smartphone and nearby automobiles—to provide warnings to both drivers and vulnerable road users.

Implications for Transportation

It is expected that many more solutions will develop in the coming years as safety officials, manufacturers, and industry organizations work to reverse the trend in vulnerable road user fatalities. These may involve technological breakthroughs or design innovations.

As the number of cyclists has grown in recent years, these issues are getting somewhat belated attention, which suggests there may be a number of opportunities for low-tech, low-cost interventions—such as side guards—which could have a substantial impact.

NHTSA to Require Backup Cameras on All Vehicles by 2018

vehicle back-up camera system

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently proposed a rule that requires all newly manufactured light vehicles to include “rear-view visibility systems,” specifically backup cameras. These vehicles would include all cars, SUVs, vans and trucks. While it won’t be in effect next year, it’s expected to start phasing in May 2016 and be completely implemented by May 1, 2018.

The NHTSA decided to make backup cameras a requirement following outrage from families and consumers affected by accidents involving back-overs, particularly incidents involving children. However, it’s arguable that the rule can also make parallel parking a much easier task for everyone.

Improving Vehicle Safety with Back-Up Cameras

The new rule would require vehicles to have back-up cameras that give drivers a clear 10’x20′ view zone behind the vehicle, along with other image size requirements to further improve visibility.

Providing statistical reasons for implementing the new rule, NHTSA’s 2010 report found that each year 210 people die from light-vehicle back-over accidents, while 15,000 are injured. 31% of those deaths are children under age 5 and 26% are adults over the age of 70. With the new rule, NHTSA estimates that 58-69 lives will be saved yearly by 2054, when all vehicles have rear-view visibility systems.

Another reason the rule has come into existence is that Congress recently passed a law requiring the Department of Transportation to have developed a rule regarding backup visibility devices by 2011. Originally, backup visibility systems were supposed to be a requirement last year, but several delays have prevented that from happening.

Looking Forward

Many have already expressed their contentment with the new rule, including KidsAndCars.org president Janette Fennell, who stated, “It’s about time the motoring public will finally be able to see what’s behind their vehicle while backing up.”

People have also voluntarily installed backup camera systems in increasing numbers, installing standard or optional cameras on new vehicle models. In fact, the NHTSA estimates that by 2018, 73% of light vehicles will voluntarily install rear-view cameras.

Expenses

The expenses will also be minimal, costing only $132-142 to install a complete system, and $43-45 to install a camera on cars with a sufficient display.

Innovations like this will significantly help further reduce deaths and injuries caused by traffic accidents, particularly low-speed crashes. Rear-view visibility technology is simply one of the many developments we’ll see in the coming years.

Some of the other changes soon to come include smarter road designs, different driver behaviors, and expanded requirements for vehicle safety devices in places like India. Although we won’t likely see a day when the yearly average number of deaths caused by traffic accidents is 0, we can get closer with sound rules such as this one.

What Are the Saddest Traffic Bollards?

Traffic bollards protect people and vehicles from accident impact, and their job never ends once constructed and put into place. Unfortunately, these 24/7 guardians are rarely recognized by anybody, and some appear to acknowledge that lack of regard, standing unappreciated and fully aware of it. Let’s take a look at some of the most tragic bollard posts.

Mr. Prisoner Stripes

sad black and white traffic post

Look at this bollard. Just look at it! It has sadness written all over it, although not entirely. It wears prison stripes which seem quite metaphorical for its state of existence, with a perpetually sad face painted on its front, likely facing the sidewalk or road curb it stands beside, and yet it carries an air of hope with what looks like a fist painted on its side. It dons a fist of hope to contrast its total isolation and lack of movement, standing as a solid soldier in defiance of emotional distress.

The Lone Hobo Bollard

traffic post on cobblestone sidewalk at night

It’s a cold autumn night, and a somber amber light falls over scattered dead leaves which lie defeated on a cobblestone ground. In the midst of this depressing scene stands a solid, alienated safety post, securely placed to prevent vehicles from entering that destitute land. The buildings in the back offer no comfort for this traffic post, leaving it to guard that empty space with eternal vigilance, much like town marshal Gary Cooper was forced to protect the town of Hadleyville in High Noon. Stay strong, you steel martyr. Stay strong.

The Cyclops Lego Bollard

lego cyclops bollard frowning

This tragic freak is one of several cyclops Lego bollards, but unlike the others it doesn’t bear a smile or a grin or any lively facial expression. Instead it seems to acknowledge its pointlessness as a one-eyed traffic post that is only a spectacle to be laughed at and unappreciated for its protective qualities. It is an emblem of bollard tragedy. It’s okay, little guy. There are worse things than being a decorative traffic bollard. You could be a dead one, for instance.

The Weeping Clown with a Smirk

sad clown bollard post with a smile

Unlike its depressed brothers, this sobbing clown visibly doesn’t take its suffering too seriously, as evidenced by the slight smirk that’s forever wiped across its face. The tears remain frozen in place, midway down his face, as a reminder of the permanent distress it faces, but the smile is surely reassurance that it has a purpose as a protector of pedestrians and passengers. And its position as a clown indicates an ability to laugh at the banality of its existence. All in all, this guy serves as a high note to close this post.

Which Demographic is Actually Responsible for Most Car Accidents?

demographics responsible for car crashes

There are many beliefs and stereotypes surrounding particular groups of people who are perceived to be the worst drivers. For example, many people believe elders are more dangerous, while others argue teenagers are the ones for whom to look out. Certain people even believe that women are generally worse behind the wheel than men, and while many view bike accidents as sitting on the responsibility of drivers alone, the fact is that cyclists are also responsible in many instances.

Here are some facts about the ones who cause the most car accidents.

Men or Women?

Recent studies have shown that men are more likely to be arrested for general traffic violations and DUIs, and this may relate to the fact that men drive more often than women on average. There are currently over one million more females with driver’s licenses than men, but men typically accumulate around 40 percent more miles every year according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), with men gathering up to 16,550 per year and women driving for 10,142. This is consistent across all age groups.

Ultimately, based on these stats, men are the more dangerous drivers.

Teenagers or Seniors?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has made it clear that teenagers are responsible for more vehicle accidents than elderly drivers. More specifically, teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to cause an accident than drivers over the age of 20, with 12.2 percent of accidents reportedly caused by teens, according to the United States Census Bureau. On the other hand, drivers over the age of 65 are responsible for 7.5 percent of accidents.

Certain movements such as Teen Driver Source are working to prevent teenagers from driving irresponsibly by informing them of the dangers of cell phone use and other distractions teen drivers may experience, along with other safety tips. While this may help lower instances of accidents, these efforts are countered by the fact that the increasing average life expectancy of drivers. As more drivers age and live further into old age, the health effects of aging will also continue to negatively affect seniors’ driving, so teens may find themselves causing less accidents than seniors in the future.

Drivers or Cyclists?

While a large amount of people view cyclists as essentially pedestrians, and subsequently believe that they always have the right of way, recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) studies show that both cyclists and drivers are equally responsible for bike accidents. Newer figures also suggest that cyclists are involved in more accidents than motorists, with most accidents not even involving cars. Drivers are responsible for about 15 percent of bike accidents, with other causes including bad road conditions, falls and animal attacks. An increasing number of protected bike lanes are helping to prevent cyclist accidents.