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Enhancing Accessibility in Shared Zones: The Role of Bollards

In Australia, creating accessible and inclusive urban environments is more than just a goal—it's a necessity and legal requirement. Shared zones, particularly those with designated disabled parking, play a crucial role in this mission, offering safe, navigable spaces for everyone, including people with disabilities. Key to the safety and functionality of these areas are shared zone bollards, which, when chosen and installed correctly, can significantly enhance accessibility. Understanding and adhering to Australian standards is essential in this process.

The Importance of Bollards in Shared Zones

Bollards serve several important functions in shared zones:

  • They demarcate clear boundaries between pedestrian areas and vehicular paths, ensuring safe navigation for all users.
  • High-visibility bollards help in making these zones easily identifiable to drivers, reducing the risk of accidents.
  • They also ensure legal compliance by protecting accessible parking spaces and maintaining clear egress paths, as mandated by regulations.

Adhering to Australian Standards

When selecting and installing bollards for shared zones, it’s crucial to comply with relevant Australian standards to ensure the safety and accessibility of these spaces. Key standards include:

  • The Australian Standard AS/NZS 2890 specifies heights and spacing for shared zone bollards to ensure they effectively manage and mitigate risks to pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards), under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, which ensures public spaces are accessible to people with disabilities. These standards guide the placement and features of bollards to ensure they do not obstruct access for people with disabilities.

Compliance with these standards ensures that bollards not only fulfil their role in safety and accessibility but also contribute to a more inclusive environment.

Choosing the Right Bollards

To meet the needs of shared zones while adhering to Australian standards, consider the following when selecting bollards:

  • Visibility: Opt for bollards that are easily seen by all drivers, incorporating a 300mm high red reflective band that is positioned 900mm above ground level as required by Australia Standards.
  • Height and Design: Ensure bollards meet the height requirements specified in the Australian standards (minimum 1300mm high) to prevent them from being overlooked or causing hazards.
  • Customisation: Given the unique needs of each shared zone, customisable options in diameter and colour can help meet specific requirements while enhancing the aesthetic of the space. Area Safe offer shared zone bollards in yellow, black, blue, white, stainless steel,  plain galvanised and a range of other custom colours on request. Australian Standards does not specify colour, shape, diameter or material for shared zone bollards.

Comprehensive Safety Solutions

Beyond bollards, creating a safe shared zone involves integrating various safety elements, such as speed humps, wheel stops, stencilling and clear signage, to guide and protect all users. These features should work together seamlessly to promote an environment that prioritises the well-being and convenience of all people, including those with disabilities.

  For those looking to contribute to safer, more inclusive environments, Area Safe has a strong commitment to quality and compliance with Australian standards. We offer a range of bollard solutions tailored to the unique needs of shared zones, ensuring that these spaces are safe, accessible, and welcoming for all Australians.

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