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Steepest street in the World(20 posts)

Steepest street in the Worldcyclopathic
Nov 3, 2003 10:20 AM
Feeling the anglecyclopathic
Nov 3, 2003 10:21 AM
I've driven it in a honda crvSpecialTater
Nov 3, 2003 11:29 AM
rental we had over there. You couldn't see the bottom of the hill over the hood when you were at the top. Scary feeling. Can't imagine biking up it but would love to go back and try if any of you want to sponsor the trip.
Similar place in Staffordshire, UKNigeyy
Nov 3, 2003 1:27 PM
I was driving on a road that was about the width of a car..... came to the top of an extremely steep hill and for all I knew it could have been a cliff on the other side. It's a bit unnerving to say the least when all you see is sky out of your windshield.

Also for steepest hills, I recall some of the West country fishing village roads down to the sea are pretty steep as well.
where is it?DougSloan
Nov 3, 2003 10:23 AM
Tell me where it is (precisely), please. I want to run in through my Topo program. Thanks.

Guinness bookcyclopathic
Nov 3, 2003 10:30 AM
Baldwin St, Dunedin /NZ actually/, so TopoUSA would not work

it hits 38%. Got pic from friend, who is there on vacation.
Funny, doesn't look steep in first picRoyGBiv
Nov 3, 2003 11:09 AM
In fact it looks positively flat compared with Effingham Street in this neck of the woods. But it's obviously steep in the second pic.
steps instead of sidewalks are a clue ;-) nmDougSloan
Nov 3, 2003 11:23 AM
Funny, doesn't look steep in first picEvilDeer
Nov 3, 2003 2:01 PM
Do you mean Effingham Street in Pelham, Ontario, Canada? If so, any idea what the grade is on Saylor's Hill?
That's the one- Saylor's HillRoyGBiv
Nov 3, 2003 2:06 PM
Conquered it a couple of a time this season - surpassed my theoretical maximum heart rate each time. But had a nice rest as that golf course - nice view of Niagara and Lake Ontario.
re: Steepest street in the WorldONCE in a life time
Nov 3, 2003 12:49 PM
Heh rode my mtn bike there few times well I pushed it all the way up :)

I also remember learning about this street in my intermediate school english text.
Less steeper streetfracisco
Nov 3, 2003 12:58 PM

There was an article in the L.A. Times a few months back about some steep streets in older sections of Los Angeles, and this bike club's hill climb was explicitly mentioned.
Notice no cars are ...Live Steam
Nov 3, 2003 1:06 PM
parked on the inclined portion of the street and there also looks to be no driveways where a vehicle would have to traverse the grade. Look out below!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would hate to be delivery person or someone moving furniture in or out of a house there :oO
maybe they have back alleys (nm)climbo
Nov 3, 2003 1:36 PM
Annual bike raceCHRoadie
Nov 3, 2003 1:48 PM
I've read about that street. Apparently the street maps were laid out on a map before the city was built, and nobody paid any attention to the topography. The contractor got the map and went ahead and built it.

They have an annual bike race (well, more of a contest than a race) to see who can ride the furthest up the street. I don't think anybody's made it all the way.
A little something we dokiwi lad
Nov 3, 2003 2:21 PM
Too cheap to buy a scrum machine...Smiker
Nov 3, 2003 3:32 PM
Well pushing vans up the worlds steepest street would explain why you're such a strong rugby country.

Steepest street in the World Looking Down frm Topmerckxman
Nov 3, 2003 3:55 PM
what speed can you hit going down that sucker? nmDougSloan
Nov 4, 2003 7:58 AM
Holy freakin' cow...aliensporebomb
Nov 4, 2003 4:19 AM
I thought this was bad.....yow.