Snow Accumulation Highlights Cincinnati’s Over-Engineered Streets through ‘Sneckdowns’

Our streets sometimes seem to be over-engineered. Their capacities are designed for peak usage, turning radii for the largest trucks, and speeds for the fastest movement. For the easy movement of cars and trucks this may be good, but for everyone else it is dangerous and less livable.

To combat such situations, many communities across the United States have begun building curb extension to help slow down traffic and make the public right-of-way more hospitable for everyone who is not in either a car or truck. Some people call these curb extensions, and similar improvements, neckdowns.

While most of our streets have not been improved in such a way, it becomes easy to see how and where neckdowns could be placed when it snows. This is because only the areas of the road that are used become cleared. The rest stay covered in snow and are a very obvious display of the aforementioned over-engineering.

During the city’s last snow event, the UrbanCincy team took to social media and asked Cincinnatians to submit photos of area sneckdowns – snowmade neckdowns. If you see any around your neighborhood make sure you take a shot of it and send it to, tweet us @UrbanCincy, or upload your photos in the comment section of this story.

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  • Eric Douglas

    I think the curb bumpout is what the sneckdown movement is getting at. This winter has also highlighted the benefit of proximity and transit. I couldn’t imagine having a highway commute in this winter.

  • I’m glad y’all brought this to Cincy. I saw Streetsblog NYC doing a number of posts on this…and really what’s most amazing to me is that…I didn’t think of it first ;-). So obvious, just such a perfect, tangible example of how little space we really need in some places for some things.

    Just don’t let them use the same argument to push further into the sidewalks!