An item in the January 2017 Pedal Update urged anyone hurt by bollards to sue the relevant council, and particularly ACC. This created ‘disappointment’ at ACC. Our response to their email expressing this can be found here. It points out that few (if any) bollards installed in the last 20 years have met the standards ACC is legally obliged to comply with.

ACC said it’s going to undertake an audit of Park Lands paths soon (its third so far). So to help them out, show us a bollard located on an ACC path that complies with the Australian Guide to Road Design Part 6A: Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths (“GRD6A”),  and win a Haigh’s chocolate frog – Midi size! (125g).

GRD6A actually says not to install bollards unless a proven car access problem exists, so we’ll ignore this clause to give you a fighting chance. Other conditions: we need a pic and a rough description of the location emailed to before the April Pedal Update is drafted (17 April).

The offer is limited to three frogs, in case there is actually a compliant bollard out there!

Also send your most-hated bollards in any council area and a) if we don’t find a compliant bollard in ACC, we’ll give the chocs to the bollards the Committee thinks are the worst; and b) we’ll forward these to the relevant authority (and then start hassling them).

As a final note, Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads does not support the use of bollards for either of the purposes GRD6A would (reluctantly) allow them i.e. reducing cyclist speed and limiting vehicle access. Its Supplement to GRD6A is something that, currently, we can only salivate over.

GRD6A guideline summary

Physical characteristicsLocation
White or yellow in colourNot in a cyclist manoeuvring zone, at/near curves or within 5m of a kerb ramp
Rounded (no sharp edges); if the path is 4m or wider, a U-frame with hazard board can be used instead
Minimum diameter 100mm (if located centrally in a path) or 300m (if located at the end of a path)Not within 5m-10m of a road (so braking and storage can occur)
Retro-reflective tape wrapped around the entire bollard; adequately illuminatedAt least 1.4m from adjacent fixtures; 1.6m max if used to stop vehicle access
Be preceded by tactile line-marking where cyclists need to change their travel lineNot mid-block where speeds would exceed 20km/h (e.g. downhill)
At least 1.0m high; 1.8m high for a 100mm diameter bollardHave adequate run-off space in the event that a cyclist fails to negotiate it successfully
Desirably, bollards should be designed/ located so a following cyclist can see the bollard past a leading cyclist
NB Holding rails should not be located centrally in a path due to their narrow 50mm tubing, nor at intersections with minor streets, and only installed at the request of users; other guidelines apply.