California officials say this famous, quirky street is too crowded with tourists, and they could charge a toll to keep them under control.
On April 16, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a law requiring people traveling down the street, known for their 27-degree bank angle, to make a reservation and pay a fee.
The bill points out that the immense popularity of the street has become an issue for local residents.
"The legislator intends to authorize the San Francisco City and San Francisco District Board of Supervisors to approve an on-site reservation and pricing program for vehicles for the use of Crooked Street and to designate a site to manage the reservation for Crooked Street and Price pilot program to deal with traffic congestion. "
The plan is to charge a $ 5 charge per vehicle, with the price rising to as much as $ 10 on weekends and holidays. Visitors would need to register for a date and time beforehand.
There are eight hairpin bends along the only block of Lombard Street.
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Lombard Street is located in the Russian Hill district of San Francisco. Although the road itself is quite long, the famous part is the block between Hyde and Leavenworth streets. Because of the difficulty of driving, the maximum speed is 5 miles per hour.
Good news is that the pricing system is not for pedestrians who want to go down Lombard Street – if they can. Other options Not On the street administration table, the streets are privatized, tidied (sky forbidden!) And completely closed.
While some tourists may be annoyed to simply pay for driving a block, the Lombard Street proposal has many similar examples around the world.