Heavy snow and plowing patterns create “sneckdowns”—a traffic calming device many would like to see made permanent.
by Alex Davies
Over the weekend, winter storm Jonas dumped epic amounts of snow on the East Coast. Parts of New York City found themselves under 30 inches of snow. Washington, DC got hit with 18 inches, Philly with 22, and Baltimore with a record-setting 29, according to the Weather Channel.
All that snow’s done a fair bit of damage to the region’s transportation networks, closing down subways, slowing car traffic, and canceling more than 13,000 flights. But this kind of blizzard also delivers an unexpected bonus for everyone who advocates urban design that values pedestrians over cars. The natural path of snowplows in the storm’s aftermath has created a network of what some call “sneckdowns”—a somewhat natural version of an urban design feature that proponents say can make city streets safer and more pleasant.
“Sneckdown” is a combination of “snow” and “neckdown,” also known as a curb extension (if you think “sneckdown” is silly, try “snurb extension.” A curb extension is a traffic calming device that extends the sidewalk further into the street, taking space away from cars and giving it back to those on foot. The idea isn’t to remove a lane of traffic, but to tighten the corner radius of the intersection. It’s the opposite of cutting corners.
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