Californian officials say that this famous, quirky road is too crowded with tourists, and they can charge a toll to keep them under control for a fee soon.
On April 16, San Francisco's board of supervisors unanimously passed a law requiring people who want to drive down the street – known for their 27-degree inclination and sharp turns – to make a reservation and pay a fee.
The bill points out that the immense popularity of the street has become a problem for residents.
"It is the intention of the legislator to authorize the San Francisco City and San Francisco County Board of Supervisors to approve on-site a reservation and pricing program for vehicles using Crooked Street, and to designate a facility to manage the reservation and Crooked Street's price pilot program for managing traffic jams. "
The plan is to charge a $ 5 charge per vehicle, with the price on weekends and holidays up to $ 10. Visitors would have to register for a time and date beforehand.
The single block of Lombard Street has eight bends.
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Lombard Street is in the Russian Hill neighborhood 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 does not apply to pedestrians who want to walk down Lombard Street – if they can. Other options not on the table to manage the road, privatize the street, smooth it (forbid sky!) And complete it completely.
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