For many tourists in too little space is now a problem in many places in the world. Overturisme called the concept, and now it also reached to a famous winding road in the city of San Francisco in the UNITED states.
Lombard Street, also known as the 'Crooked Street', is on the majority of the length of the road a plain broad road. One particular section of the road consists, however, of the eight hairpin turns and has an angle of up to 27 percent, why the special street constitutes an extremely popular destination for both pedestrian and vehicular tourists.
Now, the latter may risk having to pay to be allowed to swing the car around in the 8 hairpin turns. It writes CNN Travel.
According to the media the board of directors for a local council in San Francisco unanimously said ok to a state law, which dictates that people who want to run down the street, must make a reservation in advance and pay a fee.
the Reason is, that up to two million tourists each year visit the street, and it creates queues and inconvenience for the residents in the area.
- because of the over two million annual visitors and daily queues for up to 10 hours, congestion on and around the 1000 block of Lombard Street in San Francisco (known as the 'Crooked Street') impaired the safety and quality of life of residents in the Crooked Street and the surrounding society, saith the text in the original Assembly Bill 1605.
the Plan is to introduce a payment of 5 dollars, or about 33 dollars, for the payment pr. car on weekdays, while in weekends and holidays must cost 10 dollars, about 66 dollars. In addition, visitors must also register their besøgstidspunkt in advance.
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Yet the rules are not fully implemented, but the walking tourists can breathe a sigh of relief. The new law will not hit the pedestrians, which is still free to move up and down the steep path.