|THE CROOKEDEST STREET IN AMERICA
Lombard Street is an east-west street in San Francisco,
California. It is famous for having a steep, one-block section
that consists of eight tight hairpin turns.
The switchback's design, first suggested by property owner
Carl Henry and instituted in 1922, was born out of necessity in
order to reduce the hill's natural 27% grade, which was too
steep for most vehicles to climb. It is also a serious hazard to
pedestrians, who are accustomed to a more reasonable
sixteen-degree incline. The crooked section of the street, which
is about 1/4 mile (400 m) long, is reserved for one-way traffic
traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The
speed limit in this section is 5 miles per hour.
|DIANE'S HAIRPIN TURN
|THE VIEW FROM LOMBARD