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May 20, 2012


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These aren't really bollards, they are flex posts. Bollards are fixed metal poles that will stop a vehicle, a flex post is usually used to direct traffic at a freeway interchange, or DC uses them for the cycletrack barrier. I've tapped them with my handlebars, not a big deal, they bend easily.

It does beg the question, though, if they don't actually stop cars or protect cyclists from encroachment, why bother installing them?

If it's that bad, I'm sure some citizen infrastructurist with a socket set will remove them for the county.

Steve Offutt

Thank you for your comment. Some people believe that bollards should be used as traffic calming. This would be similar to putting telephone poles in the middle of streets. In theory, no car driving safely would run into one, but we know that they will. That's why we don't do it.

That's because crashes are generally caused by a confluence of events. Have you ever had a bug attack you while you were driving and your car swerved a little while swatting at it? Even a cyclist traveling at a slow speed can have another trail user make an unexpected move or, well, be attacked by a bug. A minor swerve could cause them to go down. Adding a hazard to the trail only compounds the likelihood of something bad happening or worsening the outcome if it does.

Most bollard crashes occur because the bollard is obscured by another trail user until it is too late to see. If it's not seeable, then it does not work as a traffic calming device anyway.

Both of my children have crashed into bollards while traveling at low speeds. Although neither was seriously hurt, thankfully, they could have easily broken a wrist in the fall or cracked their face against the bollard had they fallen differently.

Some of these bollards are also illegally placed--out of compliance with ADA standards. The County could be sued. I'm not a big fan of having my tax dollars used to pay legal fees or unnecessary fines.


These bollards are like springs and they simply collapse when cars go over them anyway. I saw an unathorized car drive straight over one at Bluemont yesterday - so that they could take their coolers to their picnic spot. They serve no purpose whatsoever


OR, leave the bollards and bicyclists can slow the hell down!

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