Located in the hilly Bernal Heights, a neighborhood in southeastern San Francisco, California, in USA, Bradford Street is said to be the steepest street of the city with an astonishing 41% grade.
Located above Tompkins Avenue, it’s the steepest street in San Francisco that's usable for vehicular traffic. The majority of the street climbs steadily at about a 24% grade before exploding into a 30-foot stretch of 41% paved road. The surface was paved in 2010 and overlooks the San Francisco skyline. On such a slope, gravity alone pulls a one-ton car downhill with 800 pounds of force, accelerating it from zero to sixty in 7.2 seconds. Starting from Tompkins Avenue at 20% grade, after 150 feet, the slope doubles.
The Steepest Streets In San Francisco
- Bradford above Tompkins (41% grade)
- Romolo between Vallejo and Fresno (37.5% grade)
- Prentiss between Chapman and Powhattan (37% grade)
- Nevada above Chapman (35% grade)
- Baden above Mangels (34% grade) *
- Ripley between Peralta and Alabama (31.5% grade)
- 24th between De Haro and Rhode Island (31.5% grade)
- Filbert between Hyde and Leavenworth (31.5% grade)
- 22nd between Vicksburg and Church (31.5% grade)
- Broadway above Taylor (31% grade)