A Better Way to Make Handicap Parking Bollard Signs

Introduction

Disabled Parking Placard

Parking lots throughout the nation are required to have adequate parking space for handicapped and disabled drivers by law due to the Americans with Disability Act.  Proper signage must be displayed reserving these spaces.  This leads to increased cost in designing parking lots as well as significant maintenance due to damaged sign posts.

 

Background

There are two main types of parking spaces reserved for the disabled.  The first is the strip mall type or "nose-in" spaces which are parking spaces directly in front of building access.  These are either perpendicular with the building or angled in.  Sometimes the handicap placard is mounted to a building column, but more often a simple signpost or bollard signpost embedded in concrete is used.  Sometimes the sidewalk curb can act as a car stop to prevent damage to the sign.  The second type is found in an open parking lot, usually closest to the building, but separated by a travel lane.  Again, a plain sign post or bollard sign post is used to mount the placard, however a concrete car stop is almost always needed to avoid damage to the sign post if it is not on a raised median.

 

Problems

When designing facilities needing these signs, the main difficulty with traditional signs is one of cost and coordination.  Bollard signs are more effective than plain signposts due to increased visibility as well as sturdiness; however their cost is more and they also require either pre-pouring the bollard, or coring the concrete after it has cured to set the bollard.

 

The main problem that owners and facility managers have with these signs is constant damage from bumps and impacts.  Even when a car stop is provided, some vehicles have exceptionally long overhangs, often due to aftermarket additions, which can reach the signs and damage them.  Repairs are often costly, requiring the hiring of a parking lot repair company to dig out the old sign and replace with a completely new one.  The addition of car stops where none exist can also be expensive.

 

A Better Solution

Thanks to the new SlowStop® Rebounding Bollard system, a solution has arrived that can solves the issues of high up-front cost and repeated maintenance.  The SlowStop® Bollard system is a steel bollard with an energy absorbing elastomer hidden inside.  When impacted, the bollard gives about 20-25 degrees before locking solid.  This decreases damage to the bollard and sign post, to vehicles impacting the bollard, and to the concrete that it is attached.  The SlowStop® Handicap Parking Bollard Sign system is also very simple to install, requiring only a hammer drill and an impact wrench to surface mount to concrete.  Once this is done, the bollard is filled with concrete mix to hold the sign pole in place, and installation is complete.

Advantages

This system has several cost advantages.  First off, on a concrete surface, no coring is needed to place the sign.  This eliminates coordination with a concrete contractor as well.  Second, no car stop is needed, as the bollard acts as its own car stop.  The system is flexible and naturally can accommodate custom sign placards.  It can also be easily moved if needed.

More Durable, Less Expensive

Below is a video of this new bollard signpost in action.  The sign system is installed in concrete only.  Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-736-4477 for more information or buy online here.