Lombard Street–World’s Most Crooked Street?

Oct 4, 2011 5 comments

Lombard Street in San Francisco is best known for the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being the most crooked street in the world. The switchback's design was born out of necessity in order to reduce the hill's natural 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles to climb. Curiously though, the street is reserved for one-way traffic traveling downhill.

The crooked section of the street is about 400 meter long and paved with red bricks.

Also see Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world, and The Flat Streets of San Francisco


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  1. Possibly also one of the world's most pretty city roads

  2. Vermont street has been proven to be "more crooked" than Lombard. I am sure the people that live on Vermont don't mind not having the title though as I have seen the traffic at Lombard. Not to mention the fact that most of the fools driving it have never driven such roads before.

  3. Source is Travel Channel, here is the wiki article on it.


  4. Also see: "http://www.snakealley.com/"


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