Driving along Lombard Street in San Francisco may require a fee

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California officials say this famous, quirky street is too crowded with tourists, and they could charge a toll to keep them under control.

(CNN) – Driving down the famous, winding Lombard Street in San Francisco will soon require a fee.

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.

With more than two million visitors a year and daily queues of up to ten hours, traffic congestion on and around the 1000 block of Lombard Street in the city and county of San Francisco (known as "Crooked Street") has worsened security and quality of life the residents of Crooked Street and the surrounding community, "said Assembly Assembly 1605, which was originally written in February.

"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.

Lombard Street San Francisco

There are eight hairpin bends along the only block of Lombard Street.

Getty / Stacy Gold

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.

A Neighborhood Study, conducted in early 2019, presented some options for reducing congestion on the crooked road and received feedback from members of the community.

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.

San Francisco Tourism, the city's official travel organization, told CNN Travel, "We're always interested in things that enhance the visitor experience, and look forward to learning more."

While some tourists may be annoyed to simply pay for driving a block, the Lombard Street proposal has many similar examples around the world.

In Venice, Italy, the recent fight against over-tourism is resulting in a daily charge of $ 11 – people who do not stay in hotels, thus reducing tourism revenues. The local government plans to use the money to offset some of the damage caused by tourism, including garbage collection.
Two of the world's best-known sites, Machu Picchu in Peru and the Taj Mahal in India, have also raised ticket prices while introducing flood control measures to keep visitors out all day.

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