Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 | 2 a.m.
As a retired architect from Chicago, I have a suggestion about bus stop safety and deterring deadly accidents.
When I used to inspect the many industrial and distribution projects during their construction phases in the suburbs of Chicago, the developer typically installed 6- to 8-foot round, heavy steel pipes that were filled with concrete, called bollards. Bollards were placed at the loading docks to prevent semi trailers from damaging the docks. This technique can be used around the bus stations. Placing bollards 3 to 4 feet apart could prevent damage to the structure and prevent injuries or fatalities for those waiting at the stop. If the station is set back 5 feet from the curb as proposed, one bollard can be set at the curb line while the surrounding bollards can be spaced back about 4 feet so that pedestrians would not be hindered.
The rest of these bollards could be strategically spaced around the station to prevent any vehicle from penetrating the barricade.
Please give this life-saving idea some thought.