Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Journey through Crooked Street (San Francisco)

Crooked Street, i.e. Lombard Street in down town of San Francisco is worth experiencing. 
Lombard Street is best known for the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being the crookedest (most winding) street in the world. The switchback's design, was born out of necessity in order to reduce the hill's natural 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles. It is also a serious hazard to pedestrians, who are accustomed to a more reasonable 4.86° incline because of wheel chair navigability concerns. The crooked section of the street, which is about 1mile (400 m) long, is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. 

Have a first hand experience of the crooked street, through following pictures !

Watch  the  Golden Gate Bridge, visible at back drop. !

Cable Tram also falls in line with other vehicles ! 

Vehicles negotiating the crooked turns while descending  !

This is not  a picture of tornado hit stranded vehicles; these vehicles  are descending the Crooked Street !

The following video is shot from Cable Tram  which travels near crooked street. Watch the gradient !