Constant Protection in an Ever-changing Worldadmin
In the United States and around the world, countries are implementing bollards and other life-saving safety measures. According to the Storefront Safety Council, a vehicle crashes into a building at least 60 times a day, injuring 4,000 people annually, and killing as many as 50 people every year.
It is for reasons like these, that bollards are so important in highly trafficked pedestrian areas. Bollards are one of the only options of safety from vehicle attacks. And because bollards come in a slew of unique shapes, sizes, and configurations (removable, collapsible, fixed, etc), they are useful and customized to every situation.
However, safety bollards aren’t just employed for protection from terrorism, they’re most likely to be useful from everyday disorder. Bollards provide a high degree of protection for pedestrians and cyclists, while also allowing necessary access. They allow cyclists to feel at ease in their bike lane, while allowing cars to drive freely beside them. They allow pedestrians to walk freely on the sidewalk, while not worrying about vehicles straying into their area. The list goes on, but the protection and peace of mind remains the same.
Next time you’re at an airport, a school, a stadium, in the city, or in a high traffic area, look around, you might just see that bollards are protecting you from a slew of incidents that you hadn’t even thought of.
But incidents like these aren’t just happening in America. Over the past few years, there have been numerous vehicle attacks in Europe. Additionally, the narrow streets add a heightened need for a barrier between vehicles and pedestrians. Here’s a look at how countries in Europe are implementing bollards after vehicle attacks:
- Spain – After several attacks in Tunisia in 2015, cities across Spain implementing barriers to protect citizens from vehicle terrorism.
- United Kingdom – After three vehicle attacks in 2017 alone, the UK has begun to implement bollards as traffic barriers and around highly trafficked pedestrian areas.
- Germany – Since the attack at a Christmas Festival in 2016, where 15 people were killed by a truck assault, Germany has taken no chances. At festivals and gatherings, concrete barriers and bollards are now part of the norm.
- France – Since the attack in Nice, where a man killed 86 people after driving a stolen truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, France has invested millions of dollars in bollards and other protective measures.
- Italy – Protecting high traffic areas while maintaining beauty, is a high priority for Italians. With the large amount of tourists combined with citizens, popular areas are now being protected by bollards and other measures of security.
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