The blog This Old City wandered along East Passyunk after Monday’s snowstorm and documented the tire tracks at all the triangular intersections, showing that much of the roadway on these big, dangerous isn’t used by cars.
The upshot, they say, is that filling in the snowy areas with traffic islands and pedestrian plazas would improve pedestrian safety and slow down speeding cars without sacrificing travel lanes or parking. Clever.
Says the blog:
If you haven’t heard of a “sneckdown” yet, it’s 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.
There are more than a dozen examples on the post, which you can read in full here. Implementing all of them would be quite expensive. But what do you think?