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Local San Francisco officials have created a bill requiring people to pay a fee before driving down Lombard Street, the most crooked road in the world.
The local government plans to impose a $5 fee for each car, with the price increasing up to $10 on weekends and holidays. City officials have also proposed a reservation system, wherein visitors must reserve a time and date before driving down the street.
The new bill was created in response to the street being a huge hit among tourists and causing problems for local residents.
An estimated 2 million people visit Lombard Street every year, with queues to drive down the street lasting for up to 10 hours. The volume of visitors has jeopardized the safety and serenity of the lives of Lombard Street residents and the surrounding areas.
Residents have complained about heavy traffic, loud noises, piles of trash, and incidences of vandalism and trespassing. According to some residents, tourists have climbed on the roofs of their houses and used their carports as toilets.
Local official Catherine Stefani said that the money collected can be used to address the residents’ complaints and to employ more police patrols, traffic officers, and tourism ambassadors in the area.
San Francisco locals, specifically Lombard Street residents, supported the proposal. The residents are glad that something is being done to address the iconic street’s traffic and safety situation.
Tourists visiting the street, however, have different reactions to the bill. Some tourists said they would willingly pay the fee to experience driving down Lombard Street; others said they would prefer visiting the spot for free.