What Counts As The Steepest Street In The World?

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Shared June 3, 2019

Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, has [update, July 2019: had] the Guinness World Record for "steepest paved road over a continuous distance of more than ten metres". Which is enough to bring in quite a few tourists. What's the history? And what counts as "steepest street"?

Thanks to Mayor Dave Cull and to Gary Blackman. You can see some of Gary Blackman's photography in Te Papa's collection: https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ag...

And an interview with him: https://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/a...

UPDATE, JULY 2019: The Welsh street took the record: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-489...

CITATION: von Worley, S. (2010). More Steeps Of San Francisco – A New Steepest Street Is Born. Retrieved from http://www.datapointed.net/2010/02/mo...

The Guinness World Record data is here: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/w...

And the Welsh street is referenced here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...

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