What are Parking Lot Bollards?

Rose Paving / May 27, 2023

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What are Parking Lot Bollards?

Parking lot bollards, sometimes called “barrier posts”, are short, protective posts that are embedded into the ground and serve as a parking lot safety barrier to protect pedestrians and buildings from car accidents. Rose Paving strategically places parking lot bollards in areas that are likely to sustain damage from vehicles.

So, what are bollards and where did it all begin? They made their way through history by making its first appearance in the 1700s. The first post was constructed of wood and was built to protect the Waltham Cross in London. Overtime, new materials were used to construct these fixtures. However, its sole purpose to protect properties and people essentially remained the same.

In this article, you will learn how bollards work, what they are used for, and how they will benefit your customers. You can also schedule a consultation with a Rose Paving expert for more information.

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What Purpose Do Parking Lot Bollards Serve?

Bollards for parking lots protect drivers and pedestrians, improve the appearance of parking lots, and help control the flow of traffic. Typically made of metal, stone, cement, or plastic, parking lot barrier posts can be permanent or temporary and are often used to direct the flow of traffic.

These vertical or horizontal posts are often placed in front of stores, parking lots, or adjacent to walkways designated for employees or customers. Removable bollards give property owners the options to allow or deny entry to special areas of their lot.

What are Bollards Used For?

Bollards are designed to help stop cars in their tracks. Parking lot posts are also designed to deter traffic, prevent crashes, and catch the attention of drivers to make them aware of their surroundings. These eye-pleasing, safety posts have become a versatile, parking lot staple.

Bollard parking can also be a sign solution for many parking lot owners. Parking lot signs integrated into bollards are commonly for disability parking, reserved parking areas, special zones (i.e. school pickup lanes), curbside pickup, and rideshare areas.

Parking lot posts can also warn off attacks, especially “smash-and-grab” crimes. Several news outlets have reported that smash-and-grab retail robberies have increased significantly in the United States. Parking lot bollards also serve as a visual deterrent to reduce ramming.

Parking bollards can also be used to increase your brand recognition. They can be painted to help customers immediately recognize your location. Furthermore, painted posts can allow patrons and employees to identify specific parking zones. Rose Paving has helped customers nationwide install barrier posts for parking lots to add aesthetic appeal and much needed protection.

How Does Rose Paving Install Bollards?

Barrier posts (bollards) for parking lots are anchored into the ground with concrete and affixed with a rod that was placed through the base then tightened. You should never attempt to install your own bollards. Bollards are often made of steel, aluminum, or concrete and can cause severe damage to vehicles and pedestrians if they are positioned incorrectly or fall.

Rose Paving has decades of experience setting bollards properly into the ground. Most importantly, parking bollards are installed in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations to ensure the safety of your patrons. Properly positioned bollards can prevent vehicles from entering walkways or even crashing into surrounding buildings. Contact our experts to see how these lifesaving fixtures can improve your parking lot.

Are Bollards Required by the ADA?

The American Disability Act (ADA) requires parking lot owners to have accessible space available to those in need. Parking lot bollards give owners the ability to mark spaces and serve as signage. Moreover, the ADA typically requires parking lot owners to retain a specific number of spaces for individuals with disabilities. Bollards allow parking lot owners to remain compliant while maximizing the number of spaces within their lot.

They also help your customers follow ADA regulations by indicating where they can and cannot park. Bollards can also display signs that provide information about required permits and time limits. Additionally, bollards often display penalties – fines and tow zone warnings – if customers fail to obey the parking lot policies.

Rose Paving reduces the liability for you and your customers through their use of bollards. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are over 61 million adults that live with a disability in the United States. Make your property more accessible with parking lot bollards.

How Many Bollards Should be Installed?

On average, two bollards are required for each parking pace. However, it is best to schedule a consultation with Rose Paving to have your needs fully evaluated.

Why Choose Rose Paving for Bollards Installation on Your Lot?

Rose Paving is a national leader in bollard installation and maintenance. Since 1974, we have offered exceptional service with your safety in mind. Barrier posts enhance the beauty of your lot while reducing your liability. Our commitment to excellence means we use the best materials and practices to leave a lasting impression for your customers, employees, and surrounding community.