What Counts As The Steepest Street In The World?

  • Am Vor 2 years

    Tom ScottTom Scott

    Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, has 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: collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ag...

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

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

    UPDATE, APRIL 2020: The New Zealand street appealed and took the record back: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-5...

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

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

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

    Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott

I had a technical hitch on the interview with Gary Blackman, and I've tried to recover the footage as best I can. That's an embarrassing mistake when filming a photographer! There are also links in the description to some of his photographs, and an interview with him.

Vor 2 years
Appalachian Enthusiast
Appalachian Enthusiast

@Joao Victor There is a street in Pittsburgh that is 38 degrees

Vor 23 Tage
Joao Victor
Joao Victor

That's definitely not the steepest street in the world, there's a ton of steeper ones in Brazil, in the favelas 👀

Vor 23 Tage
Appalachian Enthusiast
Appalachian Enthusiast

I think that there is a street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that is steeper.

Vor 2 Monate
R H
R H

@KlaxonCow I notice this a decent bit in some of his videos and its odd because I don't really notice it much in other youtubers videos.

Vor 3 Monate
Julian Evans
Julian Evans

I feel deeply sorry for the residents. Imagine having all those people on your street - every single day.

Vor 4 Monate
Enzo Ehrhart
Enzo Ehrhart

I know a road that’s like 35 degrees

Vor Tag
jamflowman
jamflowman

when’s nuge gonna bomb it hahahaha

Vor 2 Tage
Ömer Özkan
Ömer Özkan

I'm hundred percent sure the street that i lived years ago was more steep than this.

Vor 11 Tage
Term1te
Term1te

My grandma lives on a steeper street

Vor 14 Tage
Shannon Pincombe
Shannon Pincombe

There's a road in Healesville, Vic, Australia called Schloss Rd(I believe that's the name) and it is bloody steep, damn near impossible to ride a bike up. I wonder how close to Baldwin Streets gradient it is? I do like the look of the homes on Baldwin St and it appears to be a lovely community. Well done Dunedin!

Vor 17 Tage
MasterOfGames
MasterOfGames

honestly that doesnt seem that steep, i regularly see streets with a steepness almost like that in a lot of places, sometimes even with warning signs that say 16° and then a car slipping down a steep road

Vor 17 Tage
ReddoFreddo
ReddoFreddo

I feel like I've seen steeper streets in Portugal ane Ireland.

Vor 18 Tage
ReddoFreddo
ReddoFreddo

*laughs in Portuguese*

Vor 18 Tage
Luke Matthews
Luke Matthews

I don't know about exact facts and figures, but *the steepest street is the street that kills you.* I nominate *Steep Hill, Lincoln UK* as the steepest street. Apparently it's only at 16° but the old cobbles make it feel like you're a goat scaling a cliff.

Vor 21 Tag
Caleb Custom Bricks
Caleb Custom Bricks

as soon as i saw the title i was like "yay tom went to my country"

Vor 21 Tag
Weston Sinnett (Lumine)
Weston Sinnett (Lumine)

clearly theyve never seen my driveway

Vor 23 Tage
Carol Haynes
Carol Haynes

Steeper sustained road in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park at 1 in 3 (19.5°) ... seems to go on forever and entertaining in snow!

Vor 24 Tage
Robert Hoover
Robert Hoover

Leshhh go nz , I live close to Dunedin

Vor 24 Tage
Kyle Wilson
Kyle Wilson

try shetland street it feels steeper

Vor 24 Tage
Kyle Wilson
Kyle Wilson

i climbed it 2 times

Vor 24 Tage
Kyle Wilson
Kyle Wilson

i live in this city in nz

Vor 24 Tage
B Blutarsky
B Blutarsky

Not anymore it isn't. Ffordd Pen Llech in Wales is now the steepest.

Vor 24 Tage
A “Nihilistic” B
A “Nihilistic” B

Reminds me of the slope on "Carts of Darkness".

Vor 25 Tage
Gareth and Dylan John
Gareth and Dylan John

Hey guys! Being Welsh i can tell you, its Spencer Street Cwm-aman. Aberdare!!! The off licence is at the bottom!

Vor 26 Tage
Ricky Marino
Ricky Marino

Been here 15yrs

Vor 26 Tage
Mr.sandman
Mr.sandman

FINALLY NEW ZEALAND HAS A WORLD RECORD WERE FINALLY KNOWN FOR SOMETHING

Vor 26 Tage
Alex Jay Baldwin
Alex Jay Baldwin

Oooooh a street named after my last name.

Vor 27 Tage
jimjimsauce
jimjimsauce

the guy that walked into frame at the very last second like 👁👄👁

Vor 27 Tage
Gökay Taşpınar
Gökay Taşpınar

I have seen stepper streets

Vor 28 Tage
Charles Thompson
Charles Thompson

I saw a street much steeper than that in Pennsylvania

Vor 28 Tage
Chris Arabatzis
Chris Arabatzis

We drove past there in 2010 on a roadtrip, and we didn't know it was a thing until the sign highlighted it's existance

Vor 29 Tage
Patschenkino
Patschenkino

I remember a street on a Greek island that was steeper. It was only an access road to a few houses, but so steep that I was afraid the car would tip over backwards.

Vor 29 Tage
Ravi Shoul
Ravi Shoul

I will never use my pen is again

Vor 29 Tage
Matt 4lyfe
Matt 4lyfe

What about moose street in lake placid?

Vor Monat
Jin Takeshi
Jin Takeshi

Def drove on one steeper in Marin county for sure

Vor Monat
A Person
A Person

And sometimes they do Jaffa runs down it

Vor Monat
King Guy
King Guy

I want to ride my bike down it

Vor Monat
Matt 4lyfe
Matt 4lyfe

My bike has no brakes so I’ll be avoiding it

Vor Monat
Jackson Firmstone
Jackson Firmstone

Do not drive up this if your car does not have a good amount of horse power

Vor Monat
Daniel Gerber
Daniel Gerber

I went there before social media.

Vor Monat
Kiwigaming09
Kiwigaming09

And there was Jaffa race's held there because it was so steep

Vor Monat
Pavese शांति
Pavese शांति

I live in Salvador, there are some favelas around the city on some really stiep and irregular terrain, there are streets that I'd say reach 45º

Vor Monat
Just “Larry the Roleplayer” Larry
Just “Larry the Roleplayer” Larry

NOT EVEN CLOSE. There's a street in my hometown that has a slope of 39%

Vor Monat
Heowa
Heowa

I spent three months working at a wildlife rescue centre in Ecuador, and for our free days we would take the bus to the city of Tena and spend the night at Hostal Pakay. After a hard day at work, tired and worn out and walking up that road to the hostel, I could have sworn that Calle Manuel M Rosales in Tena, Ecuador was the steepest street in the world...

Vor Monat
Jessy-May Alo
Jessy-May Alo

Lmao i used to live two streets down from Baldwin

Vor Monat
Hairy_Putin
Hairy_Putin

Driving up it in a wee Japanese shitbox from the nineties is an experience to say the least.

Vor Monat
XtremeNL
XtremeNL

Australians talking about 'heritage architecture' is always funny.

Vor Monat
XtremeNL
XtremeNL

@Jack Duff fair enough. Still funny though, for the same reasons.

Vor Monat
Jack Duff
Jack Duff

They're not Australian. They (with the exception of the youtuber) are from Dunedin, a city in the South Island of New Zealand. New Zealand is not Australia.

Vor Monat
Connor Gray
Connor Gray

Who else lives in Dunedin like me? I love Dunedin and the views from its very accessible mountains are amazing

Vor Monat
James Marshall
James Marshall

God I wish I new u were there cause I would’ve said hi

Vor Monat
Mat
Mat

lived in a flat there for a bit, the tourists can get really bold it's a wee bit annoying

Vor Monat
Fireball9670
Fireball9670

Very sure I've seen streets like this in my dreams

Vor Monat
BH7
BH7

Bigger living on that street.

Vor Monat
Billy Kuan
Billy Kuan

The internet did wonders for the Lemming culture.

Vor Monat
scrubby Bard
scrubby Bard

Guinness means nothing. You pay them to give you a piece of paper and get a short section in their book, they don't get involved with the Olympics or any other official world records, they just record the things children might like.

Vor Monat
A A
A A

Colonisers make pointless street.

Vor Monat
Róbert Balázs Lőrincz
Róbert Balázs Lőrincz

Wait what happens if my bike loses its brakes atop this thing other than me ending up in hospital or a grave?

Vor Monat
Brandon Pearce
Brandon Pearce

People used to go down it in trash bins , I say used to because someone died doing it not so long ago

Vor Monat
ReklessRagnar
ReklessRagnar

Wait till you try driving up it in winter when the roads icy, used to be a challenge when I was a teen.

Vor Monat
Ted McFadgen
Ted McFadgen

When you go up it in your car it feels like it's going to fall backwards

Vor Monat
Millie
Millie

Esse povo nunca foi em Salvador Bahia pra medir as ladeiras provavelmente

Vor Monat
Joshua Chandra
Joshua Chandra

Is this steeper than the hilly streets in san fransisco?

Vor Monat
Brandon Pearce
Brandon Pearce

Yes

Vor Monat
Yusuf Khan
Yusuf Khan

I am sure theres a Road in Durban South Africa that can beat this

Vor Monat
riskinhos
riskinhos

I've a much stepper street in my country

Vor Monat
Kristyan de Souza
Kristyan de Souza

Bro, i live in Brazil, i already walked in a lot of much steeper paved roads and feel like some were longer than 10 meters, i may be wrong, but Guiness World Records isn't the most precise

Vor Monat
Lucy
Lucy

the way the mayor talks about traffic controls on this road makes me think it’s like 90% of his job

Vor Monat
g simpson
g simpson

Fact of life you have to protect stupid people from themselves.

Vor Monat
Pleasureincontempt
Pleasureincontempt

It’s become very apparent recently of how much, “Guiness World Records” has shat the bed. Their authenticators are expensive to host; often find themselves in fields more accurately adjudicated by other, ‘free’ entities. ‘Videogaming’ is probably the most explicit example of their malfeasance.

Vor Monat
Shauna Kelly
Shauna Kelly

They should have get street elevators like they have in Santander

Vor Monat
Aquatically
Aquatically

PARENTS SCHOOL LOCATED

Vor Monat
Crillzy Playz
Crillzy Playz

I live in New Zealand only 3 hours out of Dunedin, I live in Timaru. sometimes people race the Jaffa lollies down the street.

Vor Monat
Crillzy Playz
Crillzy Playz

@g simpson yea, I recon that the Australians have ruined Cadbury.

Vor Monat
g simpson
g simpson

@Crillzy Playz Not far away. Oamaru. You can still get Jaffas from my wife's store in the heritage area. Just not allowed to call them Jaffas.

Vor Monat
Crillzy Playz
Crillzy Playz

@g simpson u live in NZ aswell or do u just know alot?

Vor Monat
Crillzy Playz
Crillzy Playz

@g simpson tru

Vor Monat
g simpson
g simpson

Not since Cadburys pulled out of NZ

Vor Monat
Jose Montemayor
Jose Montemayor

I guarantee that there are steepest streets in Monterrey Mexico

Vor Monat
pr va
pr va

Any chance of a video about Gold Hill, the very steep "Hovis" hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England? - picturesque and those who remember the Two Ronnies sketch will smile at the memory.

Vor Monat
Engelbert Humperdinck
Engelbert Humperdinck

The street i live on is much steeper, not as long but alot steeper

Vor Monat
miristtotallw
miristtotallw

I love the sass at 1:30 :D

Vor Monat
William Jones
William Jones

Reminds me of a hill out side my home in Billings Montana. I don't know how steep it is but in the winter it makes the best sledding hill in the state.

Vor Monat
JT
JT

ive been there

Vor Monat
Zealan Tanner
Zealan Tanner

I prefer to call it the most sloped

Vor Monat
Weeping Angel
Weeping Angel

Im from San Francisco and I also hate walking. I will never walk unless I absolutely have to and have no other option.

Vor Monat
6aXL
6aXL

I love you Gary blackman. I could listen to him all day. His voice is so soft

Vor Monat
neal_wake9
neal_wake9

So if the shops were at the bottom you’d just sit on a skateboard and be automatically carried there... awsome

Vor Monat
Pax Americania
Pax Americania

This isnt the steepest their is a road on my street that is very steep.

Vor Monat
Anastasi Laptev
Anastasi Laptev

Imagine riding a bike the hitting a pothole and landing face firsts

Vor 2 Monate
Carlos Castillo
Carlos Castillo

How's that touristic?

Vor 2 Monate
Albert Dewulf
Albert Dewulf

This doesn't look as steep as Rue Montapic in Charmes la Côte... but I've only been there once

Vor 2 Monate
Adhnin Zul
Adhnin Zul

I would open ice-cream and lemonade stand if I lived there.

Vor 2 Monate
Dhashvin Deva
Dhashvin Deva

All the tourists that stand in the gardens are from China

Vor 2 Monate
Jose Pineda
Jose Pineda

I’m sorry I find this interesting but I would not visit and take picture of... a street 😂

Vor 2 Monate
Life of Aedan
Life of Aedan

If this were in America there would be an admission fee

Vor 2 Monate
Mikechatt
Mikechatt

There's a street in my town that you aren't allowed to drive on its that steep

Vor 2 Monate
DJ Wet Hat
DJ Wet Hat

Baldwin street was featured earlier today in one of my maths questions. Fun fact

Vor 2 Monate
XVeganDaveGodFreeX
XVeganDaveGodFreeX

Waipio Valley Road near Honokaa on the Big Island of Hawaii is 25% grade, and over a mile long, and fully paved and legal for cars (though 4x4 is required due to the steep grade and often wet surface), so that easily beats Baldwin Street.

Vor 2 Monate
MadMax McInnes
MadMax McInnes

Why did you not mention Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset? Is that not officially a 'street'?

Vor 2 Monate
MS K
MS K

I suggest come to Ankara (capital or Turkey) and measure the streets of Dikmen (part of Ankara).

Vor 2 Monate
Oonada
Oonada

Theres a road in China that has a grade of 58% but it's only for 8 meters st a time.

Vor 2 Monate
sacr3
sacr3

Nearly every shot shows Asians taking photos. Its like the stereotype that keeps holding up, asian tourists.

Vor 2 Monate
Pi Cubing Official
Pi Cubing Official

What?

Vor 2 Monate
Pi Cubing Official
Pi Cubing Official

The steepest slope is the one that my parents had to walk to get to school.. Both ways

Vor 2 Monate
captain chaos
captain chaos

Anyone tried rocky road? It's 20% climb. Quite hard going. It's actually outside the operation spec of my wheelchair which is odd when you think about it.

Vor 2 Monate
Luka Pie
Luka Pie

There’s a steeper street in hobart tasmania

Vor 2 Monate
Jose Alejandro
Jose Alejandro

Looks about the same as Princess Street in Taringa....I hate that hill.

Vor 2 Monate
Victor Rosario
Victor Rosario

There are countless steeper streets in the mountains of Puerto Rico. Does Guinness just count certain countries as "The World"?

Vor 2 Monate
ShadowsCrescent
ShadowsCrescent

kind of sad honestly, commercialization of a quiet suburban town

Vor 2 Monate
B
B

For the algorithm.

Vor 2 Monate
Mike Shaw
Mike Shaw

Injured my knee shortly before visiting Baldwin Street. It was a bloody painful slog, but I made it to the top.

Vor 2 Monate
Perigee Dynamics
Perigee Dynamics

How boring of a person does someone have to be to want to vacation to see a paved hill.

Vor 2 Monate
Zeta H8 slaya
Zeta H8 slaya

Have you heard of the shooting there 20 people got punched in the ass

Vor 2 Monate
Calloway Sutton
Calloway Sutton

Would the Grand Canyon be the steepest dirt path?

Vor 2 Monate

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