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Eyes on the Street: Camouflaged Bollard in Woodlands Park

Camouflage is bad for bollards, as many people have been hurt by crashing into them.

By Kevin Love
Published May 30, 2016

This is a photograph of a camouflaged bollard in Woodlands Park, north of Barton Street East between Wentworth Street North and Sanford Avenue North.

Camouflaged bollard in Woodlands Park
Camouflaged bollard in Woodlands Park

I have previously written of how Woodlands Park is part of the proposed protected ally route north of Barton Street.

Needless to say, camouflage is bad for bollards, as many people have been hurt by crashing into them.

In The Netherlands, the CROW standard requires bollards to be bright red and white striped. Note the example in that link of the camouflaged bollard, which shows that The Netherlands is not perfect.

Kevin is a professional accountant and a retired infantry officer with the Canadian Forces. Kevin keeps encountering people who were students of his father, Dr. Robert Love, who was a professor at MacMaster University from 1977-2008. He lives near Durand Park in Hamilton and is currently Vice-Chair of the Hamilton Cycling Committee.

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By how many? (anonymous) | Posted May 30, 2016 at 19:50:43

"many people have been hurt by crashing into them."

How many? How serious? Numbers, please.

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By KevinLove (registered) | Posted May 30, 2016 at 22:09:12

You would have the answer to those questions if you had bothered to follow the link provided in the article. If this was not an anonymous commenter, I would consider providing some guidance as to where in the linked article this information could be found.

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By sorry (anonymous) | Posted May 31, 2016 at 20:26:19 in reply to Comment 118938

I dont see any stats on how many Hamiltonians have been hurt by crashing into bollards in Woodland Park

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By how many? (anonymous) | Posted May 31, 2016 at 20:14:39 in reply to Comment 118938

KevinLove, your article is:
- from 2013
- From another country on another continent

The question posed hasn't been answered. How many people have been injured by those bollards in the park?

Proof please, again.

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By KevinLove (registered) | Posted May 31, 2016 at 21:57:08 in reply to Comment 118953

Yes, I overlooked how Hamilton's bollards have a magic force field that prevents people from crashing into them and eliminates the dangers experienced elsewhere.

From the linked source:

Colliding with a rigid metal, wood or concrete bollard on a bicycle can cause serious injury or even death. This is a surprisingly common occurrence. Hundreds of injuries a year result from cyclists riding into bollards in The Netherlands.

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By LifelongHamiltonian (registered) | Posted June 01, 2016 at 14:51:07 in reply to Comment 118955

That source doesn't reference any actual study, and is nothing more than a Dutch blog post about an upcoming meeting being held to discuss injuries caused by bollards.

Also, there would be fewer injuries if more people wore helmets while cycling.

Don't be disingenuous and you'll grab a lot more traction.

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By Evidence (anonymous) | Posted June 01, 2016 at 07:22:01 in reply to Comment 118955

Still looking for your evidence that even one person has been hurt at Woodlands Park

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By Pennywise (anonymous) | Posted June 01, 2016 at 07:29:04 in reply to Comment 118959

Good idea! Much better to wait until someone crashes into it, gets seriously hurt and sues the city for negligence before spending all that money on a new coat of paint.

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By PoundFoolish (anonymous) | Posted June 02, 2016 at 20:56:16 in reply to Comment 118960

Ah, suing the city because you can't see a bright green piece of concrete contrasted against the dark green/brown grass or grey path. Yeah, big issue there.

... or, people can start being accountable for their own actions and just be more careful

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By AnjoMan (registered) | Posted May 31, 2016 at 07:52:11

I have a can of yellow paint which would fix that up real nice!

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By BanjoMan (anonymous) | Posted June 01, 2016 at 20:54:04 in reply to Comment 118944

So then use it!

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By RTHStillStinks (anonymous) | Posted May 31, 2016 at 09:53:55

You guys are hilarious.

In what world is this camo? I wish I had more time to write about the stuff I see here, but alas. There may not be enough time even in the absence of full time employment.

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