Safety Bollards

Safety Bollards – What Are They And How to Place Them Correctly

For any construction site, safety bollards are necessary to protect the assets and the building(under construction). However, the effectiveness of bollards is determined by the distance between them. Distances have a huge impact on how effective protection they can offer.

In today’s post, we will share some crucial information related to “bollard spacing” and “how one can maximize the protection.” But before we move on to that, let’s make you familiar with bollards – what they are indeed:

What Are Safety Bollards

Safety bollards are concrete or steel structures that are used to protect an asset or building from pedestrians and moving vehicles. They are often seen:

  • Near entryways
  • Parking garages or parking lots
  • Near loading docks
  • Drive-through windows
  • The perimeter of a building
  • Construction sites
  • ATMs, etc.

Permanent or removable bollards are also found on production floors and warehouses to protect inventories and equipment from collisions with the forklifts.

Bollards are often used to set traffic patterns for pedestrians and vehicles or to keep people away from restricted spaces. These safety equipment come in a wide range of colors and sizes to catch the attention easily. 

Benefits Of Using Safety Bollards

Although, the list of advantages safety bollards offer is quite long. But to keep things simple and seamless, we have shortlisted the top four benefits. Here’s how they look:

  • Bollards help in traffic management: from traffic diversion, test channeling, road closures – it all required bollards
  • Bollards offer security from intentional and accidental damages from vehicles
  • Bollards are effective in protecting pedestrians from getting injured in areas with vehicular traffic and crowds. 
  • Bollards also help to alert drivers about road construction, high curbs and preventing them from mounting sidewalk

Bollards Spacing Guidelines

Proper spacing between your bollards is extremely crucial when it’s about protecting pedestrians and guiding vehicles. Guidelines for bollard spacing are unique in every application and municipality, but still, there are some general guidelines to follow. Here are they:

  • Make sure your spacing between the bollards meets the ADA guidelines. According to these guidelines, your bollards need to have at least 3 feet of distance between them. It should allow a disabled person in a wheelchair to easily and safely pass through them. 

  • The positioning of your bollards changes when it’s used for traffic or vehicle management. In that context, your bollards should have not more than 5 feet of space between them – minimum width of an average car. 

  • You should set the bollards around 1.5 feet away from the curbs to allow enough room for the driver and passengers to open the door of their car and come outside. Follow this guideline when you are using bollards in parking lots or for parking space.

  • Large bollards are also used outside docks to help drivers park the truck in the right position to prevent it from hitting the building, assets, another vehicle, or causing damage. It is recommended to place the bollards 6 inches to the right and left of the door. Make sure there’s enough space left for the truck to completely fit in, leaving 1-2 foot extra space on both sides.

Final Words

You have learned everything important about bollards and the right way to place them. In the end, if you find anything in this post difficult to understand, make sure to ask your doubts in the comment section below. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Let’s connect, friends!


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