Do you know of a cool or unique street that should be included? Add yours – tell us about it in the comments!
10. The Shortest Street: Ebenezer Place, Scotland� (2 m)
Ebenezer Place, in Wick, Caithness, Scotland, is credited by the Guinness Book of Records as being the world’s shortest street at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in). The street has only one address: the front door of No. 1 Bistro, which is part of Mackays Hotel.
The street originated in 1883, when 1 Ebenezer Place was constructed; the owner of the building, a hotel at the time, was instructed to paint a name on the shortest side of the hotel. It was officially declared a street in 1887.
9. The Longest Street: Yonge St, Canada (1,896 km)
Yonge Street (pronounced “young”), referred to as “Main Street Ontario”, connects the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto to Lake Simcoe, a gateway to the Upper Great Lakes. It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest street in the world at 1,896 km (1,178 mi), and the construction of Yonge Street is designated an Event of National Historic Significance.
Yonge Street was fundamental in the original planning and settlement of western Upper Canada in the 1790s, and a large part of the route follows an ancient Aboriginal trail that linked the Lake Ontario waterfront to northern parts of the region.
8. The Most confusing Roundabout: Magic Roundabout, Swindon, UK
Swindon and the UK in general have a lot of roundabouts, but nothing can properly prepare you for this. The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England was constructed in 1972 and consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged in a circle. It is located near the County Ground, home of Swindon Town F.C.
Its name comes from the popular children’s television series The Magic Roundabout. In 2009 it was voted the fourth scariest junction in Britain, in a poll by Britannia Rescue.
7. The Longest Highway: Highway 1, Australia (14,500 km)
Australia’s Highway 1 is a network of highways that circumnavigate the Australian continent, joining all mainland state capitals. At a total length of approximately 14,500 km (9,000 mi) it is the longest national highway in the world, longer than the Trans-Siberian Highway (over 11,000 km [6,800 mi]) and the Trans-Canada Highway (8,030 km [4,990 mi]). Every day more than a million people travel on some part of it – and probably half a million ‘roos!
6. The Biggest Highway Cloverleaf: Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, Los Angeles
The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange is a stack interchange near the Athens and Watts communities of Los Angeles, California. This is the place where two major Interstate Highways meet and cross over: I-105 (Glenn M. Anderson Freeway)and I-110 (Harbor Freeway).
And in addition to all regular traffic, the cloverleaf also includes car pool lanes and connectors, commuter train tracks, and the Harbor Transitway, all of which contribute to the towering, imposing structure for which the interchange is known. Opened with Interstate 105 in 1993, the interchange is named for Harry Pregerson, a longtime federal judge who presided over the lawsuit concerning the I-105 freeway’s construction.
5. The Longest Roundabout: Putrajaya, Malaysia (3.4 km)
It is very, very long around this roundabout -the roundabout spans 3.4 km circling Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah St, where the Prime Minister�s office is located, Istana Melawati, Putra Perdana Landmark, and the Putrajaya Shangri-La Hotel. The roundabout is situated around a beautiful hill and green parks.
4. The Widest Street: 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Avenida 9 de Julio is a road in Buenos Aires, Argentina. whose name honors Argentina’s Independence Day, July 9, 1816. The avenue’s unusual width is because it spans an entire city block, the distance between two streets in the checkerboard pattern used in Buenos Aires. The distance between adjacent streets is roughly 110 meters. Crossing the avenue at street level often requires a few minutes, as all intersections have traffic lights. Under normal walking speed, it takes pedestrians normally two to three green lights to cross it.
3. The Narrowest Street: Spreuerhofstra�e, Germany (50 cm)
Spreuerhofstra�e, in the city of Reutlingen, Baden-W�rttemberg, Germany, is the world’s narrowest street. It ranges from 31 centimetres (12 in) at its narrowest to 50 centimetres (20 in) at its widest. The lane was built in 1727 during the reconstruction efforts after the area was completely destroyed in a\ massive city-wide fire a year earlier. It is officially listed in the Land-Registry Office as City Street Number 77.
2. The Steepest Street: Bladwin Street, New Zealand (35% angle)
Baldwin Street, in a suburban part of New Zealand’s southern city of Dunedin, is considered the world’s steepest residential street. It is located in the suburb of North East Valley, 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) northeast of Dunedin’s city centre.
Other notably steep streets include:
- The C�te St-Ange in Chicoutimi, Canada with a 33% gradient (approximately 18�).
- Canton Avenue, in Pittsburgh, United States; it is officially measured to be a 37% grade. However, that angle of 37% only extends about 6.5 metres, whereas Baldwin Street’s steepest part stretches considerably further.
- Eldred Street in Los Angeles, California, United States; one of three streets in Los Angeles between 32% and 33.3%.
- Filbert and 22nd Streets in San Francisco, United States; claiming a maximum gradient of 31.5% (approximately 17�).
- Waipio Valley Road (20�7?11?N, 155�35?36?W) on the island of Hawai’i, 25% for 0.6 miles with peak gradients much higher; some claim 45%. This is a paved public road but it is open only to 4 wheel drive vehicles.
1. The Curviest Street: Lombard St, San Francisco
Lombard Street in San Francisco is one of America’s crookedest streets: it is famous for a steep, one-block section that consists of tight hairpin turns.
The section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks), has earned the street the distinction of being the curviest street in the world. The switchback’s design, first suggested by property owner Carl Henry and instituted in 1922, was born out of necessity in order to reduce the hill’s natural 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles to climb. It is also a serious hazard to pedestrians, who are accustomed to a more reasonable sixteen-degree incline.
The crooked section of the street, which is about 1/4 mile (400 m) long, is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The speed limit in this section is a mere 5 mph (8 km/h).