What are bollards? What are they used for?

Definition of what bollards are and what they are used for in general society.

A bollard is usually a short solid pole that are placed in heavy populated areas that mixes pedestrians with vehicles.
Some other uses for bollards include:

  • Limiting vehicles from accesses public areas like parks and recreational areas.
  • Asset protection such as buildings, landmarks or statues.

Historically, bollards have been used to secure ships at ports, by tying heavy ropes from the ship to the secured bollards on the ports. The word bollard originates from a middle-eastern word ‘bole’ meaning tree trunks. In the past bollards were primarily made from wood, but modern bollards are made from mainly strong metals such as steel or stainless steel. Other more durable materials are used such as plastic.

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