Sunday, July 12, 2015

What's A Bollard?


This area has lots of bicycle trails. One starts just north of downtown and runs through an old, somewhat barren industrial area along the Mississippi to a point north of the city limits. It's not too busy. The part seen here is on the river side of the flood wall. If Big Muddy rises about two more feet this trail will be covered.

I had never run into the word bollard until they became a ubiquitous security device. The parts of the Arch park along streets are lined with them, like rows of little soldiers protecting the monument. I looked it up. The term comes from those posts on docks that boats are tied up to. Here, they block cars from driving onto the southern end of the trail.                 


5 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

On yes, we have many bollards here in Perth Bob, I like that word.. bollards :)

Sharon Anck said...

Having traveled to London so many times, I've grown quite accustomed to that word however it is strange to see it used in the states.

Stefan Jansson said...

We have bollards near shopping malls these days to prevent robbers from driving in and out.

William Kendall said...

We see them here as well, particularly on Parliament Hill.

Jack said...

I learned the word "bollard" aster the Oklahoma City bombing, as bollards started sprouting everywhere near banks, commercial buildings, government offices, etc. I like that first photo of the three bicycle riders.