There are many cities around the world that have this one or maybe two or three streets that are quite steep and you have to be really careful when walking or driving down on them. San Francisco is pretty famous for its steep streets, but even they can’t surpass Baldwin Steet in Dunedin, South New Zealand. The 350 meter long street reaches a slope of 19 degrees, which is the highest any residential street has reached. The houses built on the street look like they’re crooked, but it’s just the slope of the ground that makes them look like that.
Mathematically speaking, the streets rises 1 meter for every 2.86 meters travelled.
The street was laid with concrete instead of asphalt, because in the hot days of the summer the tar would start melting down the road.
The reason of the existence of this road is poor planning, which was made by Londoners, who had no idea about the place’s topography.
When they realized their planning mistakes, instead of re-designing the street, they simply went for its construction.
In the same town, there are 3 other steep roads that were also built due to the same mistake.
The residents of Dunedin are proud of their city and they hold various charity events every year, including a race that goes to the top and then back to the beginning.
In 2001, a 19-year-old University of Otago student was killed when she and another student attempted to travel down the street inside a wheelie bin. The bin collided with a parked trailer, killing her instantly, and causing serious head injuries for the other student.
One of the most courageous and crazy stunts happened back on January 2nd 2010, when a Cardrona stuntman, Ian Soanes, rode down the street on a motorcycle on one wheel.