Sneckdown Redux: Blizzard Dumps Traffic-Calming on Denver Streets
Just after the official start of spring and a 70-degree day, Colorado’s quirky weather handed Denver another snowstorm, and another chance to see how its streets can be redesigned. That’s right, it’s nature’s street design fix: The sneckdown.
The term, if you’re not familiar, is a blend of “snowy neckdown.” (A neckdown widens sidewalks at street corners so drivers take turns more carefully and pedestrians have shorter distances to cross.) As drivers trace paths through the snow, a lot of asphalt remains untouched, especially at intersections. That excess space is marked by piles of snow — sneckdowns — that illustrate how much space could easily be claimed from cars to make the street safer.
Here are a few sneckdowns from around the city after the blizzard, with a focus on a prime sneckdown locale, 13th Avenue.
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