November 9, 2021

Sneckdown without Snow: A Needledown?

“Sneckdown” now has a wikipedia reference. The word refers to “snowy neckdown, a curb extension that mitigates the travelled portion of the road by vehicles during snowfall.

The word was first used by Streetsblog’s Aaron Naparstek. And, as can be seen in many examples, “sneckdowns” show where streets could be redesigned to be less wide, slowing vehicle driver speeds and making crossing distances closer for pedestrians and cyclists.

But in British Columbia we get coniferous needles by the bunch raining down in bluster winds. So do we call these Needle neckdowns?

Here’s an example of a “T” shaped intersection in Delta at 16th Avenue and 53A Street. Even though this is half a block from a park, motorists are given right of way, while bike riders have to stop and pedestrians are not even allowed to cross. You can clearly see how much asphalt real estate is given up for vehicle drivers to have right of way in a place where pedestrians are not allowed to access all three corners.

 

While local pedestrians have other words for this expensive concrete treatment ensuring motorists are not impeded, this could also be called a plowza or slushdown. But it is definitely snovered.

 

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