Posts Tagged ‘31.5’

The Many Steps of San Francisco’s Filbert Street

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Of course, there’s the Filbert Street steps, where you’ll find the Tatiana tiger shrine and a misplaced parking meter, but that’s in another neighborhood from what you see here. It’s Filbert in Russian Hill reaching up to Hyde Street and the cable cars.

This is what a 31.5% grade looks like – so steep they put in stair steps for you.

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And your reward at the top? An unburned porta-potty.

Que bueno.

Is This Section of Filbert Street the Steepest in San Francisco?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

It sure looks steep. But what about this:

22nd Street in San Francisco, California is one of the steepest streets in the world. Between its intersections with Church and Vicksburg Streets in the Noe Valley neighborhood, it has a maximum gradient of 1:3.226, or 31%, the same as Filbert Street in San Francisco.

Can these two blocks be exactly the same, steepnesswise?

Filbert betwixt Hyde and Leavenworth. The thing is that the block starts off pretty flat up near Hyde and then…whoosh. Any block with steps carved into the sidewalk is very very steep, of course:

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Perhaps Adam, Jamie, Kari, Grant, or Tory, the Mythbusters of the Discovery Channel, could investigate the simplest or cheapest way to see which street has the steepest grade, and then test things out?

Some people should put their lives on hold until this important issue gets resolved.

The Steepest Streets in the City

1. Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde (31.5% grade)
2. 22nd Street between Church and Vicksburg (31.5% grade)
3. Jones between Union and Filbert (29% grade)
4. Duboce between Buena Vista and Alpine (27.9% grade)
5. Jones between Green and Union (26% grade)
6. Webster between Vallejo and Broadway 26% grade)
7. Duboce between Alpine and Divisadero (25% grade)
8. Jones between Pine and California (24.8 grade)
9. Fillmore between Vallejo and Broadway (24% grade)