Gallery: The Unsung Heroes of Urban Design: How Bike Bollards Protect P...


Sometimes the most well-designed and useful objects are the ones you hardly notice at all. Case in point: bike bollards. You’ve probably encountered a bollard at one time or another (they look like heavy, squat posts), but bike bollards are an elevated version of these common structures that perform double duty by protecting buildings and pedestrians from cars while also providing a place for secure bicycle parking. Read on to learn more about these unsung heroes of urban design, and how they better streetscapes in their own quiet but effective way.

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  1. ejlevy August 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    In my opinion another poor design for a bike rack. I would never put my GURU (if I had one as pictured) against a rack so the top tube paint job is compromised. What keeps it upright and kept from sliding down. In many locations here we see upside down U’s which are just as useless. People lock their bikes next to sign posts instead of the rack the town spent thousands on.

    A good design would entail a post with a cross bar that has loops underneath. One would simply lift the front end of the saddle over the bar and if they want to lock it they can even string the cable through the saddle and the frame into the loop under the top bar. Go to any triathlon race and see how they hold the bikes in the transition area.

  2. Tafline Laylin August 8, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Oh how fascinating! I’ll never take these for granted again. Thanks so much for sharing.

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