chicane – an artificial addition to a road or path designed to slow or manage traffic.
Chicane are common on auto race courses where for example the common shallow S curve is used to manage speeds along the course. They are also common on streets to control traffic flow.
Interestingly, the origin of chicane is from the French word chicaner which means ‘to quibble over’ and is also related to chicanery. This is interesting since chicane was chosen as the Word of the Day because of its use in the description of the finish of the second stage of the Tour de France today.
Now that we know what a chicane is, how many can you find in your neighborhood.
The source of today image is http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2567406