Hideous concrete “bollards” are being distributed around central Melbourne, in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks with motor vehicles such as those seen in Europe.
— Mark Knight (@Knightcartoons) June 24, 2017
Everyone knows they’re hideous. But they’re also temporary.
More concrete barriers around city today. Temporary only, but necessary as advised by @VictoriaPolice. Permanent solution w be more elegant!
— Robert Doyle (@LordMayorMelb) June 22, 2017
This is fortunate, because the design means that although they can be used for sitting on, they also partly block pedestrians where they are located.
In some spots they roughly halve the capacity, making it quite difficult for an able-bodied person like me to walk between them when it’s busy. It must be doubly difficult with a pram or mobility device.
Obviously they’ve been installed in a hurry. In order to physically stop vehicles, but not involve complicated footpath works to embed a smaller bollard in the ground, they’ve just plonked huge concrete blocks around the place.
They could paint them of course, but I wonder if there’d be all this fuss if they weren’t so fugly?
It’s not as if Melbourne has a shortage of bollards already.
I’m not one to judge what type of vehicle they are capable of stopping, but here’s a sample from a walk around the CBD:
These have been around Flagstaff Station for many years, but are actually intended to protect the surrounding Federal and Family Court buildings. (The Family Court was attacked with a vehicle when it was located in Bourke Street)
Little Collins and Queen Streets. I have no idea why this one had a glass on top of it, but presumably the bollard placement is intended to prevent turning vehicles overhanging the footpath where pedestrians may be waiting.
Thankfully not pedestrian areas in the CBD have fencing. This obviously blocks pedestrians as well as vehicles.
As I wrote after the January Bourke Street attack, if we’re serious about preventing motorists endangering or blocking pedestrians, not just maliciously but also via carelessness or thoughtlessness, then well-designed barriers which stop vehicles without barricading pedestrians are something to be welcomed.
— Hannah Francis (@han_francisco) June 28, 2017