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Believe it or not, the steepest street in the world isn't in San Francisco
February 23, 2017
If you always assumed that San Francisco's Lombard Street was the steepest in the world, you would be mistaken. In fact, the street that actually holds the title is found halfway around the world. Baldwin Street is a tucked away gem in Dunedin, New Zealand.
While the street is steep, it is certainly short at only 350 meters in length. However, it does raise from from 30 meters (98 ft) above sea level all the way up to 100 meters (330 ft) above sea level at the top. According to Jeffers this gives it an average slope of slightly more than 1:5. Let's take a close up of this amazing (yet lesser known) road!
In a YouTube video posted by Tom Hall, he describes just how difficult it is to walk up such a steep street. He says, "I am only halfway up and I am definitely feeling it." However, trudging up the road is certainly worth the view in the end that looks out over the city.
Once at the top of the street, Hall describes how the street was inducted into the Guinness World Record Book. He indicates that the community has a festival each year people run up the street as a form of celebration.
The steepest street in the world may be the best source of exercise yet! Share with your friends so they know about this remarkable roadway!