You’ve seen the eight bends of Lombard St’s 900 square in a thousand photos. The traveler board has named it ‘the world’s most crooked road,’ which is authentically mistaken: Vermont St in Potrero Hill merits that grant, yet Lombard is considerably grander, with its red-block asphalt and affectionately tended flowerbeds. It wasn’t generally so twisted; before the appearance of the vehicle, it plunged straight down the slope.

Today, driving around on this private road is carefully illegal. A police clampdown on rebel skaters implies that the Lombard St thrills included in the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater computer game will remain carefully virtual, in any event until the cops get slack. Each Easter Sunday in the mid-2000s, grown-ups showed up at the peak of Lombard St carrying plastic toy tricycles for the yearly Bring Your Own Big Wheel race. After eager objections from certain occupants, workmanship jokester coordinators moved their toy drive around to – what another place? – Vermont St. Check http://bringyourownbigwheel.com for subtleties.

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