Designed with alternating elements that create an "S" curve in the roadway, chicanes make drivers "weave" down the street at slower speeds. They can be created by alternating curb extensions, planters, and/or on-street parking that switches from one side to the other along several blocks.
Slows driving speeds through visual, permanent cues
May provide additional opportunities for landscaping, if appropriate maintenance agreements can be put in place
Chicanes may not be used on roads with more than two lanes
May impact drainage
May change the number of parking spaces
Chicane design should consider street cleaning and snow removal operations
Must be clearly marked to alert operators of the change in the roadway