THIS FAMILY FEATURES ALL URBAN FURNITURE FOR ORGANIZING PATHWAYS AND PARKING (BOLLARDS, BARRIERS, HANDRAILS, CYCLE STANDS, CYCLE PARKING SYSTEMS, SIGNAGE POSTS…).
There are up to 12 types of alignment furnishings per range that can be alternated for optimum site cohesion.
This open choice makes it easier than ever to find the right answer to meet essential urban functions.
Barriers form an essential part of urban furniture collections; they help mark out pathways and rationalize parking. Barriers are more than just "anti-parking" items. They are also multifunctional elements of urban furniture which make it possible to secure a bicycle or be used as a support to rest a while on one’s journey.
Installed alternately with bollards, they facilitate the way people use the street. Barrier-bollard alignments provide rhythmical alternatives for a better distribution of furniture in projects.
When continuously aligned, barriers channel pedestrian traffic (schools, crossroads, guided transport systems…).
Guardrails are essential when there is a fall zone of over 1m in development projects. Regulations require the installation of safety barriers whose type of construction and height limit risks of falling.
Handrails reinforce alignments and channel pedestrians. Bollard-type, in-ground coverage enhances discretion. Continuous handrails are reassuring guides which absorb pedestrian traffic and protect people in risk areas (tram platforms, boulevards, differences in levels…). Entirely modulable, as sites develop, handrails can accommodate balustrades or cables beneath the rail or spur-posts. An articulated version makes it possible to follow slopes at an angle, like a stair banister. For continuous handrails, angles and long sections are assembled by direct coupling.
Slim bollards are alternating items. Combined with barriers or handrails, they help modulate pedestrian permeability. Coordinated alignments visually enhance the impression of lightness.
Wide bollards are better seen by motorists. Heightened visibility therefore makes them ideal for marking off street corners and open sites.
Motorists do not notice low bollards and these should consequently be installed with high warning items, aligned and with sufficient recess.
Planners focus on bollards for integrating various functions to improve the way we experience the urban environment: removable bollards, removable, impact-absorbing bollards, or versions that are manually or electrically retractable. Without them, town centres would only be enclosed or sealed-off spaces that exclude convivial events such as markets, fairs and other public festivities. Firefighter accesses also use these items which can be actuated via standardized keys.
Fostering the use of bicycles
Getting around is one thing, parking is another.
The priority for properly promoting the use of bicycles in cities is to provide adequate cycle parking facilities.
As early as 1994, AREA launched the concept of cycle stations, a sure, rational solution for cycle parking in an urban environment.
Cycle stands: the "half-wheel" form makes it possible to secure frames and wheels simultaneously, a solution which has become widespread throughout the country, where over 500 towns and cities have adopted it.
AREA advice: installing 5 units as a standard on a car-parking space (5 m x 2 m) optimizes parking for 10 bicycles, for a minimum cost and quality service for users.
Cycle parking systems: new regulations concerning accessibility have led us to develop a new form of cycle-parking system. The letter "P" shape was the clear cycle-parking solution as this enables frame and wheel to be secured while making the system’s function immediately obvious. Cantilever warning at a distance of 40cm makes it safe and easily detectable by walking-sticks of the visually-impaired. Single in-ground mounting facilitates maintenance and installation only requires simple coring. Last but not least, since the system is perfectly compliant with regulations concerning roadway accessibility, it can be installed close to pedestrian pathways.
Posts whose lower part is like a bollard are essential items in a range. The single, in-ground fixation enhances clarity, is space-efficient and fulfils essential urban functions such as:
- Vector of regulatory information in a Police post version - accommodating all types of standardized signs up to a height of 1.10m.
- Direction or place proximity signage - underpinning the trend for pedestrians to repossess city centres.
- Ambient lighting in the lit version designed to be adaptable to a wide range of light sources.
+ Mounting urban furniture
Today, "coring" in all types of material has superseded restrictive openings. Fixation is cleaner and ease-of-maintenance enhanced. This technique makes it possible to prepare the ground in one piece, and once the covering is completed, distribution of furniture items will be ideally adjusted.
With its water supply, the coring machine drills a hole whose diameter is slightly more (by 1.5 to 2 cm) than the in-ground mounting of the item to be installed. The item is then wedged at the top and vertically adjusted, using wooden wedges or forestays. A ready-to-use, resin-based mortar is used for fixing.
It is important never to add, drill or weld anything in the part to be fixed in order to "enhance anchoring", as this is pointless and raises considerable problems where maintenance is concerned. In the event of an impact, in addition to the cost of replacing the furniture item, this would entail expenses for removing a significant part of the ground. Paradoxical as it may seem, an extremely robust item of furniture often leads to serious damage to surface mountings. Consequently, impact-absorbing, deformable designs offer the best maintenance solution. Once impacted and deformed, but with the ground remaining almost intact, the furniture item can be removed more easily from its housing and replaced.
Screw-in removable bollard
Designed for occasional handling, this bollard is often used for firefighter access. The bollard is screwed into an in-ground base. At the end of travel, a firefighter hydrant wrench blocks the item on its bearing surface. This wrench is essential because it develops torque via a lever arm system which ensures that the bollard cannot be manually unscrewed. In appearance, the unit is like a fixed bollard.
The base which is flush with the ground does not need "plugging" once the furniture item is removed and can consequently be driven on.
The removable system comes in two versions:
Impact-absorbing: for durability when subjected to multiple shocks, the bollard gives way under impact several times without suffering any damage thanks to a connection part in synthetic material (patent pending).
Collapsible: a mechanism allows the bollard to tilt without damage when hit up to 25° before regaining its initial position.
Lockable, removable bollard
This mechanism allows more frequent handling. The removable bollard can be locked and released using a #11 triangular key. There is no cavity once the bollard has been removed. The base is flush with the ground and can be driven on. The "lockable" principle by nature generates "slight play" once the bollard has been installed on its base, but this margin proves useful for facilitating release, reducing the effect of small impacts and ensuring that the base is not damaged.
The bollard body is in stainless steel to preserve the part which is inserted into the base and protect it from shocks inherent to frequent handling.
Manually retractable bollard
The bollard retracts into the ground by pressure and rises again automatically via a gas-spring. It is locked and actuated by a #11 triangular key. For safety reasons, the system is impact-absorbing to protect the mechanism if hit by a vehicle. The unit is housed in a lost casing for ease-of-installation and maintenance.
The bollard body is in stainless steel to protect the part which lodges in the casing.
Automatically retractable bollard
The bollard is operated by a low-voltage electric motor. Its latest-generation automation system is ideal for the most intensive usages and can deal with up to 2,000 movements a day. Access may be controlled by various recognition supports: transmitter, badge reader, push-button, interphone or programmable clock… Maintenance is reduced: there is no functional part above the ground, and only the emerged part of the bollard is affected in the event of an accident, without damaging buried mechanisms; rehabilitation is easy and quick and requires only one technician. It is made entirely in stainless steel to resist all environments. A dedicated study must be carried out for each project to install an automatic bollard depending on site and usage.