Good design can save lives – and sometimes, it’s the humblest designs that do the most good. You may rarely notice them, but bollards keep pedestrians safe by restricting vehicle traffic – and they can save lives in the event of an accident or terrorist attack. That said, no one wants to feel like they are living in a fortress, which is why some companies like Reliance Foundry offer bollards that don’t just protect people – they enhance the architecture of the surrounding city.
A bollard is a metal post installed along sidewalks, public squares and parking lots to help direct traffic and create a protective barrier between vehicles and pedestrians. Bollards are sometimes installed during events, and they can take many forms – including concrete barriers, or even massive dump trucks filled with sand. But for day-to-day protection, most people prefer something a little better looking.
Successful urban design makes people feel comfortable while ensuring their safety. Barbed wire and concrete barriers may be effective, but they make city dwellers feel like they are living in a war zone. That’s why companies like Reliance Foundry create decorative covers that can be placed over steel pipe bollards to turn something purely functional into something that is also attractive to look at.
Reliance Foundry offers decorative metal bollard covers that range from traditional cannonball-on-a-pole designs to streamlined cylinders and elegant columns. The covers are available in a wide range of sizes and materials – including ductile iron, steel, and aluminum – and they make pipe bollards blend into the urban environment instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. Installers should always consult with an engineer to ensure that bollards meet specific impact requirements.