Sneckdowns: Using snow to visualise better public space

intersection of 6th and Passyunk and Christian, near Shot Tower Coffee,  a triangular plot of land

intersection of 6th and Passyunk and Christian, near Shot Tower Coffee, a triangular plot of land

Free Library branch on the other corner of Carpenter

Free Library branch on the other corner of Carpenter

Sneckdown: No, I had not heard of it either.

Sneckdown: A clever combination of “snow” and “neckdown” – another name for a curb expansion – that uses snow formations on the street to reveal the space cars don’t use. Advocates can then use these sneckdown photos to make the case to local transportation officials that traffic calming interventions like curb bumpouts and traffic islands can be installed without any loss to car drivers.

A series of photos taken in Philadelphia, as the snow had started to melt, and snow turned to slush, to show where cars had not been, and thus the pavement, could be extended out into the road, creating a better environment for pedestrians.

A simple, and yet cool idea.

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