Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Bell bollards

Bell bollard at Hove Lagoon
What else could they be called! Quite a few have been appearing around the city's streets in recent years. They were first introduced in 1985 and have since become a standard for the protection of property and pedestrian safety. They are designed to deflect vehicle tyres. The wheel mounts the lower part of the bollard and is deflected by its increasing slope. Such bollards are effective against heavy goods vehicles that may damage or destroy conventional bollards or other types of street furniture. They weigh about 3cwt.

It is somewhat surprising that in Brighton & Hove they all appear to be second-hand. A coat of bright paint would help them cheer up the streets and help prevent inattentive pedestrians tripping over them in the dark. Strangely they don't seem to have attracted the attention of graffiti artists. Perhaps they haven't noticed them.

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