Tourists may soon have to pay to drive down world’s most crooked street

Apr 18, 2019
Lombard Street is famous for its steep, one-block section featuring eight hairpin turns. Source: Getty

Tourists looking to drive down San Francisco’s famed Lombard Street could soon have to pay as much as US$10 (AU$13.90) for the experience.

Named as the most crooked street in the world, Lombard Street is famous for its steep, one-block section featuring eight hairpin turns. However, the attraction at times causes a lot of congestion, as an estimated 6,000 people visit the street each day.

Now, city and state officials are proposing a bill that would give San Francisco the authority to establish a toll and reservation system, in a bid to reduce crowds and traffic congestion.

 

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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, one plan would require tourists to make a US$5 reservation to drive down the street. Alternatively, the reservation and fee system would run from 9am to 9pm and cost US$5 on weekdays and US$10 on weekends and holidays.

“We must implement a system that enables both residents and visitors to enjoy the ‘Crookedest Street in the World’,” Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat who authored the legislation, said, according to Traveller.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you been to Lombard Street before?

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