Place Neckdowns at Wide Crossings

Use pavement extensions to make intersections safer
  • Jeff Speck


A NEW FAVORITE TERM among urban designers is “Sneckdown.” It’s what happens in northern cities when it snows, and the tire tracks on the street demonstrate how little room vehicles actually need to make it around corners. The remaining snow necks down the intersection, suggesting how far the sidewalk could ideally be expanded without impeding flow. And of course, in this limited area, vehicles move much more slowly and safely.

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