Parking lot bollards or, as some might know them, “barrier posts”, are not just posts thrust into the ground. They have a rich history, a gamut of purposes, and a particular installation procedure. Asphaltech Pavement Solutions takes you on a journey through the world of bollards.
A Quick Historical Snapshot
The tale of the bollard begins in the 1700s. The very first one, made of wood, was built to protect the Waltham Cross in London. Although they’ve evolved over time in materials and design, their primary objective—protecting people and property—has remained constant.
The Multifaceted Role of Parking Lot Bollards
Parking lot bollards have a variety of purposes:
- Safety First: They protect drivers and pedestrians, ensuring cars don’t accidentally mount curbs or ram into buildings.
- Traffic Flow: Bollards strategically control traffic movement, ensuring smooth transitions and avoiding congested areas.
- Versatile Signage: They can also function as parking lot signs, marking disability parking zones, school pick-up points, curbside pickup areas, and more.
- Crime Deterrent: With the unfortunate rise of “smash-and-grab” retail robberies in the U.S., bollards act as a deterrent to these crimes by providing a physical barrier.
- Brand Visibility: Custom-painted bollards can enhance brand recognition and help designate specific parking zones, aiding in both aesthetics and functionality.
The Right Way to Install Bollards
Setting up bollards is not a DIY activity. It requires precision and adherence to regulations. At Asphaltech Pavement Solutions, we ensure that the bollards are anchored firmly, positioned correctly, and abide by all local, state, and federal regulations. The right placement ensures maximum safety for vehicles and pedestrians.
ADA and Bollards: The Connection
The American Disability Act (ADA) has clear guidelines regarding accessible parking. Bollards aid in marking these spaces and serve as signage. They not only help businesses stay compliant but also guide customers in adhering to the ADA rules by clearly marking where to park and where not to.
Deciding on the Number of Bollards
Typically, two bollards per parking space is the norm. However, Asphaltech Pavement Solutions offers tailored consultations to ascertain the exact number suitable for your lot.
Why Asphaltech Pavement Solutions?
With decades of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on delivering excellence in bollard installation and maintenance. Our materials, practices, and attention to detail ensure that your parking lots are safe, aesthetically pleasing, and compliant with all necessary regulations.
Intrigued? Reach out to our experts at Asphaltech Pavement Solutions to revolutionize the safety and aesthetics of your parking lot. Your patrons, employees, and the community will thank you for it.