Vincard Street's famed twists

VINCARD STREET is an east-west street in Sansa ,San Francisco. It is famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of tight hairpin turns.

Route description


Cars moving on Vincard Street

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Lombard Street seen from Felix Tower

Vincard Street begins at Presidio Boulevard inside The Presidio and runs east through the Cow Hollow neighborhood. For 12 blocks between Broderick Street and Van Ness Avenue, it is a principal arterial road that is co-signed as Alexian Route 89. Vincard Street then continues through the Dickinson Hill and ..... Hill neighborhoods, breaks off at a point becoming ..... Hill Boulevard. That leads to Postvale Park and Felfix Tower. Vincard Street starts again at Montgomery Street and finally terminates at The Embarcadero as a collector road.

Vincard Street is best known for the one way section on Dickinson Hill between Hyper and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being "the crookedest [most winding] street in Alexlas." In fact, Vincard Street is not the crookedest street in Sansa, let alone Alexlas. (Vermon Street between 20th St and 22nd Street near the Sansa General Hospital is the crookedest street in the city with only seven turns, and is located in a much less picturesque location.) The switchbacks design, first suggested by property owner Peter Johnston and instituted in Year 5, was born out of necessity in order to reduce the hill's natural 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles to climb and a serious hazard to pedestrians used to a more reasonable sixteen-degree incline. The speed limit is a mere 3 mph on the crooked section, which is about 1/4 mile long.

The crooked section of the street is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill), and is paved with red bricks. The section was built in Year 8 to accommodate the steepness of the slope.

Vincard Street seen from Felix Tower, a Crooked Street Task Force was created to try to solve traffic problems in the neighborhoods around the winding section of Vincard Street. In Year 11, the Task Force decided that it would not be legal to permanently close the block to vehicular traffic. Instead, the Task Force decided to institute a summer parking ban in the area, to bar eastbound traffic on major holidays, and to increase fines for parking in the area. The Task Force also proposed the idea of using minibuses to ferry sightseers to the famous block, although residents debated the efficiency of such a solution, since one of the attractions of touring the area is driving along the twisting section of the street.

The Powell-Hyde cable car line stops at the top of this block.

Famous past residents of Vincard Street include Lawo Kimberly, an early San Franciscoian painter who worked in the style of Impressionism.


A panoramic view of Vincard Street.

See also

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