What Are Bollards?

A bollard is a short vertical post, typically made of metal, wood, or concrete, that is used to create a barrier or obstruct pedestrians or vehicles. The word “bollard” comes from the Middle English word “bollarde,” which was derived from the Old French word “boulard,” which means “post.”

Bollards are commonly used in urban areas to create pedestrian zones, to guide traffic, or to protect buildings and other structures from vehicular damage. In some cases, bollards are also used to control or restrict access to an area.

If you’re wondering what a bollard is and how it can be used, read on for a comprehensive guide about these wonderful works of construction art!

 Bollard Definition:

  • a post of metal or wood on a wharf around which to fasten mooring lines
  • chiefly British : any of a series of short posts set at intervals to delimit an area (such as a traffic island) or to exclude vehicles (via the English dictionary)
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What is a Bollard? Here is Bollard History and Their Origins

What are bollards? A bollard is a sturdy, short, solid vertical post that helps control traffic and prevents vehicles from crashing into buildings. With our experience, these posts can be in many different colors and/or sizes.

I like classic orange bollard posts, but there are so many ways they can be used.

Although it was first described as a post or mooring bollard on a ship or quay used principally for mooring watercraft, the word is now used—primarily in British English—to describe heavy-duty posts installed in the ground to control road traffic & posts designed to prevent ram raiding and car ramming attacks.

Traffic Barrier Protection

Now, they are mostly used in front of businesses like restaurants and Wal-Marts in order to keep idiots, drunk people, and old people from accidentally slamming into buildings with their cars and harming or killing customers.

I see businesses all of the time that would benefit from getting bollards installed in front of their building in order to prevent future stupid accidents like the picture here:

bollard crash

I think that if bollards were installed in front of that retail space, then the car would not have crashed into the building.

Old Cannons as Bollards

From the 17th and 18th centuries, old cannons were often used as bollards on quaysides to help moor ships alongside.

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Cannon Bollards

The cannons were buried in the ground muzzle-first to approximately half or two-thirds of their length, leaving the rear end projecting above ground for attaching ropes.

cannon bollards

These cannons can still occasionally be found. Bollards from the 19th century were purpose-made, but often inherited a very similar “cannon” shape.

British English Early Traffic Bollards

Some of the earliest bollards were made from timber and wood; however as transportation changed from horses to motorized vehicles, it became clear that cast iron was a more suitable material.

Cast iron has a very high corrosion resistance and longevity, with excellent levels of durability.

I love these types of classic bollards, but cast iron can become expensive.

Wooden Barriers

Wooden post bollards were used for basic traffic management from at least the beginning of the 18th century.

One of the first well-known cases is that of the “two oak-posts” set up next to the medieval Eleanor cross at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, in 1721—at the expense of the Society of Antiquaries of London—”to secure Waltham Cross from injury by Carriages”.

Similar bollards can be seen in many old, historic paintings and engravings.

Bollard Symbols

In the Netherlands, the Amsterdammertjes of Amsterdam were first erected in the 19th century. They became popular symbols of the city, but they are now gradually being removed and replaced with elevated sidewalks.

Modern-Day Bollards

Many people go about our daily lives without even realizing the role that bollards play in protecting us. It only takes a second for an evil vehicle to steer off a road and enter a pedestrian area…with potentially deadly results.

britain bollards

We do take notice when disaster is diverted by that short, heavy-duty post we’ve walked by a million times without a second thought.

Where Are Posts Usually Placed?

Bollards are often placed in areas like the corners of buildings, in front of building entrances, next to public phones, and beside mailboxes to protect against accidental vehicle impact.

When situated along roadways, they can prevent vehicles that overrun sidewalks from harming pedestrians. Bollards designed for safety reasons may be designed to fold, deflect impact, or break apart.

Determining the proper type of bollard suited to a location can be done by carrying out a comprehensive safety assessment.

What Other Types of Bollards Are There?

Some bollards are intended purely to be an ornament. As standalone architectural or landscaping features, they can border, divide, or define a space.

They can also be accents, sentries, or supporting players to larger, more dramatic architectural gesture.

Decorative bollards are manufactured to mix with both traditional & contemporary architectural styles.

The latter lean toward visual simplicity – often straight-sided posts with one or more reveals near the top.

Historic Bollard Periods

Styles made to match various historic periods usually have more elaborate shapes and surface details. These include flutes, bands, scrolls and other ornamentation.

The post-top is a distinctive feature; traditional bollard design often includes elaborate decorative finials, whereas contemporary versions frequently feature a simple rounded or slanted top to deter people from using them as a trash can or using them for impromptu seating.

traffic barriers

On the other hand, they are sometimes made flat and broad specifically to encourage seating. Common decorative bollard materials include iron, aluminum, stainless steel, & concrete.

What Are Other Bollard Designs?

Ornamental designs with elaborate detail are frequently made of iron or aluminum casting.

Aluminum bollards are desirable for applications where weight is an issue, such as a removable bollard. Aluminum units tend to be slightly more expensive than iron.

For applications where a decorative bollard may be subject to destructive impact, ductile iron is a safer choice than more brittle metals, as force will deform the metal rather than shatter and transforming it into possible hazardous flying projectiles.

Bollard Definition and Purpose of Bollards

We hope this is enough information in order to understand the definition of what bollards are. They are majestic pieces of history that go ignored by the general public.

But we here at Bollards in Movies truly understand the significance of these magical traffic barrier posts.

What Are the Different Types of Bollards?

  • Removable
  • Surface mounted
  • Fixed bollards
  • Parking
  • Access control impact energy bollards
  • Retractable bollards
  • Steel posts
  • Pipe
  • Rebounding bollards
  • Wooden
  • Collapsible bollards
  • Concrete
  • Embedded bollards
  • Plastic
  • Flexible bollards
  • Decorative
  • Steel pipe styles
  • Hydraulic
  • Car park UK barriers

Architectural Design

Whether you are in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, or are American English speakers in Washington DC, bicycle lanes and parking lots have at least one safety bollard preventing damage to vehicles and bikers and pedestrians.

Word of the Day for Bollards

Traffic control security bollards — AKA street furniture in an upright position — should always be your word of the day.

Not to be confused with traffic signs or synonyms and related words like traffic cone, parking bollards should be at the beginning of everyone’s word origins.

Bollards for Security Purposes

Bollards are most commonly used for site security. As people are driving, they may lose control of their vehicles and ultimately crash into a building or property site. While some car crashes are accidental, others are done with malicious intentions.

Ram Raiding Bollards

Ram raiders are evil assholes that intentionally crash into a storefront or other building containing valuable items with the intention of stealing.

How to Prevent Accidents with Bollards

To prevent both accidents and ram raiding activity, many businesses install bollards to define the perimeter of their buildings.

That way, if someone does inadvertently or intentionally drive a vehicle into a building, the high-strength steel bollard will thwart his or her attempts.

What is a Bollard?

Hopefully by now with all this awesome information, you will be able to explain to all your friends and family what a bollard is. Now please share this article.

What is a Bollard Cover?

Bollard covers are a great way to improve your facility’s perimeter, while at the same time reducing maintenance costs. This great alternative to painting will save you the time, expense and mess of paint.

What is a Safety Bollard?

A steel pipe safety bollard can be used both indoors & outdoors to protect work areas, racking, and personnel. Molded plastic caps are removable.

First Known Use in English

1844 (Victorian era) (175+ years ago)


Spanish: | bolardo (nautical)
Portuguese: | abita (nautical)
French: | bitte (nautical)
German: | Poller (nautical)
Italian: | bitta (nautical)


Bollard (US population: 450 people, white: 93%)


bol-lard (7 letters | 2 syllables)

Broader Term



bitthead, wharf, wharfage, riding bitt, dock post, bitt, pier

We hope this helped you understand the big question: what is a bollard?

Summary about Bollards

Bollards are short, thick posts that are usually made of metal or concrete. They are often used to create barriers or to mark the boundaries of an area. Bollards can be found in all sorts of places, from parking lots to parks to sidewalks.

Bollards are usually quite strong, so they can be used to create a barrier that will block vehicles from driving into an area.

They are also often used to create a safe space for pedestrians by separating them from traffic. Bollards can be placed close together or far apart, depending on the needs of the area.

So, next time you see a bollard, you’ll know that it’s there to create a barrier or to mark the boundary of an area. And now you can tell all your friends what a bollard is!


  1. Jake JJ

    One time I was watching the news about storefront crashes and it was funny when the new anchors pronounced them as BAH-llards. LOL!!!

  2. stacey

    i lock my bike up on a decorative bolard every day when i go to work. the bolard is outside the front door and a lot of people see it.

  3. Karen

    My brother always called these things “traffic barriers”. I had no idea they were called “bollards”. What a crazy strange world!

  4. Laurie C.

    my neighbor had a weird obsession with these posts. in his backyard, there was a huge hole filled with bollards and pillows and his dog used to run around them in circles for hours. maybe the posts were mostly to keep his dog entertained while he binge-watched episodes of Murder, She Wrote starring the lovely Angela Lansbury.

  5. Kendall

    Bollards are awesome. I am glad you put this great information about bollards all in one place.

  6. Judah

    I am wondering if I could use removable bollard barriers to protect my garage door from the neighbor kid constantly ramming his tricycle into my garage door. What revenge that would be. He just turned 3 years old, but he’s been a pain in my ass since he was born, constantly making small dents in my garage doors.

  7. Carl Edward Sage

    I went on a vacation to Europe and I saw a street that had really creepy bollards in the shape of and painted like kids. It was so weird. I even saw a dog pee on one of them while a drunk man tried to feed it scrambled eggs.

  8. Adrian

    It’s crazy how common it is to notice bollards once you learn about them. I always notice them outside government buildings and stuff.

  9. Corey Dogg

    The power of bollards and what they can do is amazing. They protect people, places, and things. What they do is protect a lot of nouns.

  10. Ripper the Jack

    I had no idea there was so much history about these things. Very interesting read. The perimeter of my university is surrounded by bollards to keep crazy people from ram-raiding the buildings.

  11. Quinn

    I was watching an episode of The Wonder Years and I saw a traffic post in the background so I was wondering what the posts were actually called. I’m glad I came across this definition of bollards.

  12. Doug

    What kind of regulations are there for bollards? Do they have to withstand a certain weight vs. speed in accidents?

  13. Nick (Post author)

    Thank you for reading about the history of bollards.

  14. Bollard Man

    The best thing about bollards is that you can sit on them and pretend to be one. I enjoy doing that every day at around 4 in the afternoon. Someone even told me they thought I was a bollard until I looked at them and I never felt more proud of myself.

  15. Jane

    I’ve seen a lot of crazy videos on youtube where trucks and huge vehicles get totally destroyed by bollards. You should watch them, they are crazy!

  16. Nick (Post author)

    Thank you for all of the comments. I love hearing how other people have experienced bollards.

  17. Bob

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be a bollard when I grew up because of the abuse I experienced as a child that made me not want to be a human anymore and have one responsibility: saving lives. While that never literally happened, I paint myself yellow-orange every morning after my shower and never speak to anyone as I walk down to the local park, standing between two other bollards for eight hours a day before my night shift as a male nurse. I also shaved my head to make it round like a bollard. I tried doing this nude with full-body paint, but I couldn’t after I was arrested for indecent exposure, so I just wear a yellow-orange jumpsuit now.

    I’ve actually managed to make some money doing this, as people mistake me for a street performer and toss coins at my feet. I’ve made $500 over the course of a year as the human bollard. Pretty cool beans. It’s just too bad I can’t actually be a bollard, but I suppose imagining my life is one is better than nothing.

    Thanks for the post, Nick!

  18. STEVE

    I want to get bollards installed around the neighborhood playground with all these crazy people out there nowadays. Need to protect.

  19. Friday

    I had a very strange friend at university that somehow removed a bollard from the ground and took off the bollard sleeve and turned the sleeve into a massive bong. He smoked a lot of weed and would put on his trainers and run around outside screaming, “I LOVE Tommy Wiseau!.”

  20. Laird

    While I was growing up, I watched a lot of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. It was an amazing TV show. Episode after episode, Jane Seymour put her heart and soul into her performance. When the show was eventually cancelled in 1998, I was devastated. So instead of being so upset about the cancellation of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, I put my energy into learning more about traffic barrier devices called bollards. Time well spent.

  21. Bill

    Once when walking down the street one afternoon, I was literally stopped in my tracks by a traffic bollard. I had never been attracted to inanimate objects before, preferring women, but what I saw before me that Saturday was the most beautiful sight I’d ever had the luxury of attracting my gaze.

    The way it stood up, perfectly in line as an immaculate portrait of the Mother of Christ, that brazen and luscious yellow-orange that screamed, “I am the sexiest,” and the delicate white and black safety stripes near the tip just sent me over the edge. I decided not to go to back to work following my lunch break, and instead embraced the bollard right then and there. We made passionate love for about 20 minutes before I was arrested, stripped away from my love. As the officers restrained me and tried to cover my privates, I yelled, “I will always have my heart open to you!” I swear I saw a tear drip down my bollard lover’s face as I was placed in handcuffs and the back seat of the police cruiser. I placed my hands on the window and mouthed to my bollard baby, “You’ll always be mine.” Tears spilled from my eyes as I drove away, taking one last look at that flawless beauty.

    I returned the next week following my arrest to find that the bollard had been removed for some reason. I wept where it once stood, hopelessly bound in the knowledge that the bollard would forever be a ghost to me from that point on. To this day I have yet to come across something so gorgeous and perfect, and I know I never will.

    1. Nick (Post author)

      Thank you for sharing your experience.

  22. Shemp

    My grandmother is a bollard. That’s why I have the same complexion as Trump, I’m unusually cylindrical in shape, and I can hardly move. I hate my grandfather. I can’t live a normal life, and I can’t even have a conversation with my grandmother, who still stands in front of the local elementary school after all these years.

    It sucks.

  23. Jeff

    I once watched a clown paint the image of Jerry Seinfeld on a bollard located in Akron, Ohio in 2004 while he was listening to the Spice Girls.

  24. echo

    From the 17th and 18th centuries, old cannon were often used as bollards on quaysides to help moor ships alongside. The cannon would be buried in the ground muzzle-first to approximately half or two-thirds of their length, leaving the breech (rear end) projecting above ground for attaching ropes. Such cannon can still occasionally be found. Bollards from the 19th century were purpose-made, but often inherited a very similar “cannon” shape.

  25. Hope

    It’s my goal in life to send a bollard into space, promoting intergalactic road safety. It will include a description regarding what it’s intended for so any aliens passing it will learn about bollards and hopefully use them if they aren’t already. I really hope the space roads are safe. Poor aliens getting into car accidents with pedestrians all the time when all you need is a perfectly good traffic post, you know? I worry about them up there.

  26. Katherine

    Did you know: A bollard is a short post that guides traffic, deters vehicle intrusions, and protects people and structures. Bollards act as visual guides, reminding drivers to drive safely and responsibly in certain areas. When installed for security, bollards also block vehicle impacts. Many bollards also have decorative elements that complement building and landscape designs.

  27. pekka

    I was watching paint dry on my wall after putting up Christmas lights and I saw another blog that said this…

    Bollards—they’re everywhere, even if you didn’t realize what they were. So, what are bollards, exactly? Bollards are the security barrier posts you see surrounding retail storefronts, shopping malls, bike lanes, fire hydrants and gas meters, parking lots and much more. They help maintain security for drivers and pedestrians, regulate traffic and even enhance the aesthetics of a property. Want to learn more about steel bollards and their applications? Follow our guide for everything you need to know about bollards.

  28. Gorblala

    Hi, yes, my name really is Glorblala because my parents didn’t want me.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I think this is an amazing post. I have never seen a post about traffic bollards that truly gives them the justice they deserve. They are such an integral foundation to society and I have done my job to spread my knowledge about them to the best of my abilities.

    Every day I tell my son when we pass one of those yellow gems, “Son, always remember that bollards are what keep you from being split in half by a Ford truck and watching your intestines spill on the asphalt.” He cries every time, but he’ll learn to be grateful that those deceptively simple posts are doing God’s work at maintaining a healthy society.

  29. Julian

    Have you heard about…

    Perimeter security is a concern for many cities, businesses, and government facilities. Protecting people from vehicle collisions with pedestrians, non-motorized vehicles and buildings has become a growing focus in recent years, especially given the rise of vehicle-building collisions. It is estimated that over 60 collisions between vehicles and buildings occur each day, causing over 500 deaths each year in the United States alone. This is an extremely concerning statistic for businesses and government facilities, as such accidents endanger their employees, buildings, operations and security efforts.

    I think that’s great information. Now I am going to go shopping.

    1. Nick (Post author)

      Great information. Thank you.

  30. Moseby Davis

    A traffic post murdered my nephew in cold blood 5 years ago. Not a fan of these prejudiced fuckers.


    Moseby Davis

  31. John Truthspeaker

    Traffic bollards are actually secret weapons that the government is using to emit radio waves that are slowly but surely turning our brains into a kind of wormy soup. Eventually we will all fall dead with brain juice coming out of our ears and noses. It will be awful.

    Just spreading the word about this. Nothing can be done. Ok bye

  32. Todd Jacobs

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if there was traffic bollard-themed restaurant? It’s a concept restaurant. You see, there’d be bollards to greet you and the host or hostess would be dressed up as a bollard. You’d then be led to a table shaped like a sideways traffic post, collapsible because those can actually lie down.

    Then you’d be handed a bollard-shaped menu with bollard-themed items, such as the “bollard sub” or the “removable bollard sushi rolls” that would be stacked on top of each other in the shape of a traffic post, with yellow rice. All glasses would also be bollard-shaped. The waiter or waitress, also dressed as a bollard, would then give you bollard hats with bollard-themed jokes on them, which you’d have to wear throughout the meal. One of those jokes I came up with over lunch: “What do you call a traffic post with no genitals? A fixed bollard.” It’d be great ha ha ha. Then you could leave with a souvenir bollard at the moderate price of $150 to forever remember your time there.

    I also have a name for this restaurant: The Bollard Place. Pretty good, huh? Some day I’ll open that place, and it’ll be the best restaurant in Chicago.

    By the way, awesome post about bollards. Really makes me want to go out and buy a bollard now.

  33. Jim Jethroes

    Twas the night before bollards, when all through the streets
    Not a motor was stirring, not even a Prius;
    The bollards were placed at the street corners with care,
    In hopes that pedestrians would soon be there;

    The bollards were nestled all snug in their surface mounts,
    While visions of accidents danced in their heads;
    And my fellow installer in his ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
    Had just settled down for a long night’s nap,

    When out on the streets there arose such a clatter
    I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
    Away to the window I flew like a flash,
    Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

    The moon on the breast of the newly installed traffic posts
    Gave the luster of mid-day to those bollards below,
    When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
    But a miniature van, and eight tiny passengers,

    With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
    I knew in a moment it would soon hit brick
    Before it could crash into the wall of the bank
    The bollards had stopped it, without so much as a thanks

    Everyone still died.
    The end

  34. Glenn Frey

    Traffic post winter is coming. Brace yourself. Hopefully you won’t crash too hard.

  35. John Bittersby

    Traffic posts are racist creations making fun of Asians. I mean, come on. YELLOW skin? Give me a damn break, man. I get so sick of seeing these emblems of bigotry everywhere I go. I don’t know why the Asian community doesn’t say something about these insults to their race. Disgraceful. We should be replacing them with cement pillars of a neutral gray color. Why yellow? Seriously. I propose a change.org petition.

  36. Barry

    I saw all kinds if these barrier things at the zoo back in 2014. I spoke with a manager for about 3 hours about them. I guess they put them around the perimeter of the rhino cage because the rhinos enjoy backing up and running full speed into them.

  37. Toby J

    When I was a child I had a vision. A marvelous vision of incredible depth and pride. It began when I was in bed one night, lying flatly on my mattress made of Triscuits, which my parents said were good for the back. I looked up at the ceiling and a yellow cement rod was poking through the plaster. It gradually fell all the way through and floated momentarily above. I heard a voice in my head: “You must crash. You must crash.” The detached traffic post then exploded and I was covered in cement.

    10 days later I was in a car accident when our car hit a traffic post identical to that one on the ceiling. I’ve been quadriplegic ever since. It was amazing, and I am convinced that all bollards are actually prophets in disguise, designed to undo us as superior entities of unmatched intelligence and wisdom. But only a select few of us can communicate with them. We call ourselves the “Bollard Runners.”

  38. Rob Mickems

    I prefer traffic cones myself. Their rounded pyramid appearance is far more aesthetically pleasing than the cylinder. Sometimes when driving by a traffic cone I’ll stare in wonderment at its marvelous structure, until I almost wind up hitting the car or pedestrian in front of me. Not so with the traffic post.

  39. Pork

    I’ve seen the design of these posts look like a cannon, it was collapsible, and I could only define it as a London beauty. All the different types can rebound the ornamental, aluminum London materials when making these posts. What a great definition of architectural mailboxes. Great job!

  40. Joshua Joshers

    Once when I was a child I kissed a bollard I found particularly attractive. It then transformed into the girl of my dreams, and we grew up together and have been married for 24 years, going on 25! These things are amazing.

  41. Ricardo

    A traffic barrier led me into a portal deep on the surface of the ocean. I traveled with the post back to the year 1769 in Ajaccio, France where we witnessed the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte. I have never spoken of this incident since it happened in 2011.

  42. HUGO

    One day back in 2010 I was walking around wondering, “What is a bollard?” Then out of nowhere, a bollard traffic post appeared and challenged me to an arm wrestling match. The barrier was so strong it snapped my arm off and I am now typing with my nose.

  43. McConnell

    I think I ate too many cheese curds.

  44. Mike Mike

    Whenever I eat tacos, I always think that safety needs to come first. Bollard posts can create the perfect perimeter around yourself to prevent bad people from entering your space and stealing your tacos.

  45. Corky

    Was there ever a sex scene in Star Wars? That would be funny if Princess Leia hit Jabba the Hutt with a traffic barrier.

  46. Carl Carl

    Did you know the song Who Let the Dogs Out by the Baha Men was inspired by an incident involving bollards?

  47. Stephen Curry

    There was one night I was out wandering around my neighborhood when I saw a man drinking beer with a bollard. He would pour a beer over the top of the traffic barrier post, then he would shotgun a beer. After that, he smoked a cigarette and fully recited The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. Then the acid I took wore of and I realized that man was a vision of myself 10 years ago and none of it actually happened.

  48. Naked Tesla

    Are bollards nude if they don’t have a sleeve and have they ever been featured in porn before?


    I fucking love bollards!!!!

  50. Brunda Duckson

    This one guy I knew in college ate ghost peppers. But he would smash them into a sauce using a university bollard and a huge bowl. Then he would drink a half gallon of milk after putting the sauce in chili and eating it. And then he would run a 5k marathon the next day. Crazy guy.

  51. Jim Jugglers

    I started dating this woman a few months ago and she asked me to meet her parents when things started getting a bit serious. So, I went to her house to have dinner with the folks. Imagine my surprise when I walked to the kitchen table and there sat in a chair, beside my gf’s father, a yellow removable traffic bollard. I asked my girlfriend why there was a bollard sitting in her mom’s place and where her mother actually was, but she just pointed at the traffic post and said, “That’s her. You just insulted her, by the way.”

    Confused, I sat down and we all began talking, apart from the bollard mother. Sometimes my gf and her dad would bust out laughing at something she said, but they wouldn’t say what she said. I assumed she was making fun of me. Somehow this limbless bollard managed to cook a meal, too, even if her husband had to serve it. It was casserole. I never thought I would say this, but bollards make excellent casseroles.

    A week after that the bollard mom died in a car accident (ironic, I know) and we had a funeral for her, complete with a bollard-shaped and -sized casket. The whole thing was strange, but she seemed nice, I guess. Considering I never heard her talk or knew what she said, I can’t really say much else about her other than that she was, well, a traffic post.

  52. Jon

    Ever just feel like whacking ppl in the head with a bolard? i do all the time. just whack whack whack away. hammer time? more lik bolard time.

  53. Bollard Def

    After a long strange night of eating Triscuits and checking the evil clown name generator, I saw a group of Asian dog fuckers trying to buy crash resistant bollards.

  54. Pauly

    How many traffic barrier posts would it take to secure an Olive Garden pasta dish from Hot Wheels cars? I would estimate at least 4 posts?

  55. Curtis

    I once heard that Snoop Dogg bought residential bollards to put around his home back in 2004.

  56. Charming

    I was surrounding the perimeter of a tree house one day with some solid steel bollards and my neighbor asked what I was doing. I told him to mind his own business and then I ate 6 bowls of chili.

  57. reddit guy

    Bollards are fucking awesome! I came here from reddit.

  58. Fridge

    Instead of rolling a wheel of cheese down the hill at Cooper’s Hill Cheese Roll competition in Brockworth, England, they should roll down the hill chasing a bollard.

  59. Taylor Bishop

    I wanted to thank you for helping me learn more about bollards. I didn’t know that some common materials for bollards would be stainless steel and concrete. I’m interested to learn if bollards are made differently based on what material will be used.

  60. Jeffory

    Bollards make me angry. They just piss me right off. I don’t know what it is about them, but whenever I see one I want to beat the shit out of it. Just grab it by its yellow throat and knock its lights out, even if it doesn’t have actual lights.

    One time I was out driving and a bollard in front of a Jewel Osco stared right at me like it was egging me on, so I rammed into that little jagoff. It put up a fight and didn’t go down immediately, but I kept ramming into it with my Trailblazer until it was lying in defeat, with enough dents to render it useless for the rest of its stupid existence. I totaled my SUV in the process, but it was worth it to see one of those plagues on society finally get what was coming to them. I never felt happier. Not even the birth of my first child matched the elation I felt seeing that crippled concrete stick flat on its back.

    I’ve managed to control myself since, but I still fantasize about taking all of those fuckers down whenever I pass one. We need to commit genocide against those things, honestly.

  61. Max Factor

    In my old neighborhood there were a lot of government buildings that had a lot of bollards. One time after a serious surgery to fix his broken leg where the bone pushed through his ear, my dog went to piss on a bollard post but the fat governor of the town took out a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli and screamed “I want to kill all of you fucking maggot bollards and eat 30 gallons of mayo”. I am Wisconsin.

  62. Money Guy

    I am exhausted. I have been looking at pictures of ram-raiding preventative bollards for 32 hours straight. What day is it?

  63. Eating Bollard Dude

    Back when I was in college I worked with a guy at Jimmy John’s who was cousins with the owner of the Miami Dolphins and he told me that he used to shave off pieces of traffic posts and put them in customer sandwiches. I wonder how many people have actually eaten parts of a bollard. He worked there for 3 years.

  64. Ahhhhhh

    What? Who? Where am I? How did this happen?

  65. Tarley

    I saved up my money for 4 months to buy my girlfriend an orange bollard for her birthday. I thought it would be funny to see her face as she opened the present. Turns out, she thought it was a massive dildo and broke up with me instantly.

  66. Sherm

    I have always wondered if a world could ever exist where a group of cheetahs could gather together to start making bollards in a factory. Like, good bollards.

  67. Lowry

    I didn’t even know what the shit a bollard was until now bro. I’d eat an f’n bollard for breakfast if it was made out of cream cheese.

    1. Nick (Post author)

      Great, that’s great. Thank you for reading and learning about these traffic barriers online.

  68. Concerned Man

    I drive up to restaurants and places of business sometimes and see that all there is between the customers and a car is a curb. Any car can accidentally drive up the sidewalk and through the glass front of the restaurant, accidentally killing people. Bollards should be mandatory at every business.

  69. Lee Yory

    Maybe Christmas trees should be replaced with bollards. Then families would only have to invest a few hundred dollars for a single bolard that lasts forever and protects home ram attacks instead of a fire hazard death trap that real Christmas trees are.

  70. LAKE

    I see these fing bollards everywhere. They are orange and red and blue and green and black and stone.

  71. maki

    Its a really nice website. Thanks for giving full information about Hydraulic Automatic Bollards.

  72. BBB

    Bolards are crazy. They can destroy semi trucks and vans.

  73. RAMI

    I saw a crash on the news into a store and the news anchor said there was a lack of security posts! I was like, “it’s called a bollard you idiot!!”

  74. Andrew

    What the hell, I never really knew what a bollard was until I saw them in a dream. The fish tacos were great. The protection of the bollards and me not being smashed by a truck were greater. Who are you?

  75. TC

    The purpose of bollards is very nice.

  76. Kabal

    What are different types of barriers? And the material they are made from? Traffic control posts are the best invention ever made.

  77. Maria

    I love learning all the history of traffic control posts!

  78. Michaelangelo

    Lighted bollards looks so cool at night. They help keep the cars from crashing into my convenience store and llama rental service barn.

  79. Sixx

    Bro, a bollard is a short, sturdy post that is used to create a barrier or to mark a boundary. Bollards are often used to protect buildings and pedestrians from vehicles. I see so many buildings and convenience stores that need bollards!!

  80. Jaimie

    Here is my meaning / definition of “what are bollards”, which I work with almost every day:

    Bollards are short posts that are used to create barriers or delineate space. They are commonly used to protect buildings and pedestrians from vehicles, and they can be found in a variety of settings, from city streets to parking lots. Bollards can be made from a variety of materials, including steel, concrete, and plastic, and they come in a variety of sizes and styles.

  81. Joker

    Why did the bollard go to the gym? To become a buff-lard!


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