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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The steepest street in the world | Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand

The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley. The road is only 3.5 kilometres long and climbs on Signal Hill with a nice view of the bay of Otago. Baldwin Street has a concrete surface, not asphalt for better grip for ease of maintenance and for safety in Dunedin's frosty winters. The streets running parallel to Baldwin are all quite steep. The layout was surveyed by Charles Kettle in the mid-19th century. The street is named after William Baldwin, an Otago Provincial Councillor and newspaper founder, who subdivided the area.

The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.
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Baldwin Street is one of the tourist attractions of Dunedin the place of playing local competitions and events, such as Jaffa Race at the annual Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, where 30,000 Giant Jaffas, hard orange candies with a chocolate center, are rolled down the street. Another major event is the Baldwin Street Gutbuster, a race to the top and back down again. Around 1000 people compete in different categories. Baldwin Street's claim to fame has caused some controversy after it emerged that the original entry in the Guinness Book of Records was based on a typographical error. Alternatively, the mistake may have been caused by confusion between grade in degrees and percentage grade, mixing up 38% with 38°. Nevertheless, Guinness officially recognizes, Baldwin Street as the world's steepest street at a 35% grade.

The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.
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The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.
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The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.
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The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.
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The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.
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The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.

The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.
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The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.
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The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.
Image credit Luke Chapman

The world's steepest urban street, Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Its slope reaches 35 percent or 19°, Which means that the distance 2.86 meters road rises by one meter. Baldwin Street is located in the North East Valley.
The world's steepest street, Baldwin St. in Dunedin, New Zealand. Image credit Toraigh

Source — Wikipedia | Dunedin.nz.com

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