“Instagramming” This Street Will Soon Cost You

A note to all visitors and tourists hoping to get a shot of San Francisco’s most iconic “Crooked Street”.
Friday 26 April 2019
Showing this street off on your Instagram feed may come at a price. Photo: iStock

Thinking of driving down San Francisco’s Crooked Street for a travel brag-worthy Instagram shot? Prepare to pony up an entrance fee.

After years of putting up with traffic and congestion around Lombard Street, better known as Crooked Street, a proposal to impose a toll and reservation system is being considered in the California Legislature.

The one-block section famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns claims to be “the crookedest street in the world”. Located along the eastern segment in the Russian Hill neighbourhood, it’s a major tourist attraction, receiving around two million visitors per year and up to 17,000 per day on busy summer weekends, as of 2015.

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Photo: iStock

According to the bill, tourists would queue for up to 10 hours for the chance to drive down the iconic street, snarling traffic and resulting in overcrowding in the residential neighbourhood. During peak periods, traffic can stretch three blocks and even impact traffic on the state highway system.

To remedy the situation, the bill proposes implementing a reservation system, in which drivers would have to book a specific time to visit. Entrance fees being considered range from US$5 to US$10.

Lombard Street is the latest neighbourhood street to become overrun with visitors. In Paris, residents of rue Crémieux in the city’s east end asked the city to consider closing their street on evenings and on weekends to reduce the number of tourists descending en masse on their pastel-coloured, Instagram-friendly neighbourhood.

Source: AFP Relax News

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