Why would a street have a 5 MPH speed limit? Pedestrians walk down Lombard Street, the world's crookedest street, in San Francisco
Why would a street have a 5 MPH speed limit?
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The city will temporarily close the "Crookedest Street in The World." That's a stretch of Lombard Street, a popular tourist spot.

The closure will be for four weekends starting in late June. The closure does not apply to residents who live in the area.

Lombard Street is a world famous street in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood. It's been featured on TV, in movies and even video games. It is known for a one-block stretch of winding brick road that consists of eight sharp, hairpin turns.

The street attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. They like to take snapshot panoramic views of the city at the top. Then they drive down the crooked street like it's an amusement park ride.

The temporary closing idea came after complaints by some residents. They want to curb the street's chronic gridlock mostly due to curious tourists, especially during the summer.

"This will be a test to improve the safety for residents, pedestrians and motorists in the area," transportation spokesman Paul Rose said.

The city will evaluate what impact the temporary closure will have. It may seek to shut down Lombard Street more often, Rose said. No permanent shutdown is being considered yet.

Critical thinking challenge: Why do residents of Lombard Street want it closed? How does the city benefit by keeping it open? Which is more important?

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COMMENTS (88)
  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    5/22/2014 - 08:02 p.m.

    I think that road is very bad and col at the same time because it is wiggly and it can follow a weird path down the way of the road. I think that this road can be really dangerous because cars can get easily crashed in this type of road. I hope that they fix the road because the road will be bad for cars to drive in and that can be a real problem. I think that these road are cool but they can be really stupid. I think that they are stupid because they can cause real bad things and who may know, it might be you the next time you go down the road, you may get hit by another car.

    • Eric0221-YYCA
      7/29/2015 - 05:11 p.m.

      REBUTTAL:
      Brandon, I disagree that the crookedest street in San Francisco which attracts tourists, also no other cars will be able to crash in one of the the city's crookedest street which is really attracts tourists to the city's crookedest streets. Another thing that I disagree is that cars need to slow down for other cars to go by the city's crookedest road, so no other cars would be able to crash into each other while cars are driving through the city's crookedest streets.

  • SpencerP-3
    5/22/2014 - 08:17 p.m.

    Lombard street is a world-famous street in San Francisco. It has a 5 mph limit. Some residents want the street closed. The street will be closed in the summer. That looks like a cool street. I have been to San Fran, but I have never been there. I would like to go there some day.

  • LaurenM-1
    5/22/2014 - 08:48 p.m.

    Lombard Street, a world famous street in San Francisco is being closed down to tourists for 4 weekends. This street has been featured in movies, video games and on TV. It is so famous because it is not straight at all and consists of 8 sharp, hairpin turns. It is made of brick and is one block long. The idea of it being temporarily closed down came from residents who wanted to get rid of the street's constant traffic. If the temporary closure goes well, then the city might shut down Lombard Street more often. No one has mentioned the idea of it permanently being shut down. I think this is a good idea every once in a while so residents can have a break from the traffic but I do not think the city should even bring up shutting it down forever since it is such an iconic landmark.

  • PhoebeG-2
    5/22/2014 - 09:07 p.m.

    You may have heard of Lombard Street because it is a world famous street found in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood. The road consists of eight sharp turns that are made of brick and only a block ling.The city decided to close down the 5 mph street because of the residents who want to curb the street's chronic gridlock. Nobody says that this will become a permanent thing or even a once in a while thing. So many tourists come down to see the windy road because it is so interesting, like an amusement park ride. I have actually been down that road and it was packed, so I do believe that it would attract a lot of tourists. If it attracts that many tourists than that would be a very bad decision to close down the street because there won't be as many tourists coming to San Francisco.

  • JohnP-4
    5/22/2014 - 09:22 p.m.

    First of all I think this street is really cool and interesting. I think the reason that the street now has a five mile per hour speed limit is obviously because it is easy to crash a car on a street that is at a 15 degree angle with hairpin turns. I don't think that they should shout down the street to anybody because it is one of the reasons that people come to the city in the first place. I hope that the street stays open.

  • kaleac-3
    5/22/2014 - 09:56 p.m.

    This article is about a world famous street called Lombard Street in San Francisco. This street is called the "crookedest street in the world." It is a very popular tourist spot but is going to be closed down for about four weeks at the end of June. Residents of the city believe it is dangerous and should be closed down more often because they want the street to be curbed.

    I've never heard of this street before but it looks very crooked. I wonder what it would be like to drive down such a rode and how careful people must be. At first, this rode looked as if it were in Paris! It's so pretty!

  • BellaG-2
    5/22/2014 - 11:52 p.m.

    The crookedest street in the world has temporarily closed for four weekends starting this June. This is a very tourist visited area, but any residents in the area will still have access to the street. Lombard Street is a world famous street in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood. They attract tourist every year. The street is known for a one block stretch of winding brick road that consists of eight sharp turns. The temporary closing idea came after complaints by some residents. They want to curve the street's angle mostly due to curious tourists, especially in summer. A permanent shutdown will not be enstalled.

  • KyleS-3
    5/23/2014 - 12:59 a.m.

    The city will temporarily close the "Crookedest Street in The World." That's a stretch of Lombard Street, a popular tourist spot.The closure will be for four weekends starting in late June. The closure does not apply to residents who live in the area. The road attracts 10's of thousands of tourists each year that are all very curious. I think that a shutdown is good because it will let residents have a clear head for while. It is nice to finally not have all of the gas and honking annoying you whenever your home. However, it has been in movies, TV shows, and video games, so it is definitely popular.

  • FayeA-5
    5/23/2014 - 01:10 a.m.

    Lombard street, a famously windy street in safe Francisco will be temporarily closed. The residents of the street are getting fed up with the tourists so they are going to see what effect it will have. If this goes well, they will consider closing it more often. I like the idea of less tourists but I think that the residents should've realized that it is a popular street.

  • PJS-3
    5/23/2014 - 01:12 a.m.

    This article is about a famous road in the neighborhood of San Francisco's Russian Hills. It has been scheduled to close temporarily starting late June for four weeks. This street is called Lombard Street and is a famous tourist spot. Hundred of thousands of tourists are attracted there each year, but is causing some people who live there to complain. In the summer, the residents want to "curb the street's chronic gridlock." Temporary closings are going to become more frequent, but nothing permanent is being planned. This article was very interesting and surprised me that a street could just be closed. Lombard Street seems very fun to visit and I hope I get the chance to do so one day.

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