There are several reasons we need to be increasingly aware about the risks to pedestrian safety.
- Vehicles are increasingly used as weapons
- Pedestrians and drivers are increasingly distracted by cell phones
- Busy urban areas continue to implement measures to become more “walkable”
Cities all over the world are wrestling with implementing new measures to ensure pedestrian safety in a world in which vehicles are increasingly being weaponized.
Here are several excerpts from articles highlighting the importance of protective barriers and bollards.
“Many cities have been slow to react to the new threat. This spring, London’s city council rejected plans for barriers along some of the city’s bridges, deeming the bollards too ugly. One day after that decision, three terrorists drove a van at speeds of around 90 kilometres per hour along London Bridge, hitting dozens of people. They then crashed the van and stabbed several more in nearby restaurants and bars before being shot dead by police. A total of eight people died in the attack and more than 40 were wounded. The city council has now put up barriers along most of the city’s bridges including Westminster Bridge, where a man drove a van into pedestrians in March, killing three, and then stabbed a policeman to death….
There were virtually no obstructions along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice last year either when a man drove a truck into crowds of people watching a Bastille Day fireworks display. A total of 86 people died and more than 100 were injured. The city has now installed a series of bollards along the promenade at a cost of around $30-million.” – The Globe And Mail
Pedestrians and drivers are more distracted then ever before!
It has been well documented that distracted driving results in more accidents, but there are a growing number of pedestrians that are more oblivious to the traffic around them as well. As the number of drivers on the road and people walking near traffic increases, it is dangerous that we have become more distracted as well. Cell Phones play a major role in this distraction and in recent years has resulted in more traffic fatalities.
“We have noticed over the years increases in the number of injuries related to distracted walking — pedestrians being distracted by cellphones and then injuring themselves because of that distraction” – NPR
Bollards and other barrier security measures continue to save lives!
Bollards are an effective way to increase security and protect pedestrians from vehicles. At Dawn Enterprises we offer a wide variety of bollards in concrete and steel and have a very knowledge sales team that can assist anyone interested in bollards in finding the right product for their property. If you are interested in learning more about bollards please reach out to our sales team at 1-800-262-3296.