Bradford Street, the steepest street in San Francisco

Bradford Street, the steepest (41%) street in San Francisco

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

  1. Bradford above Tompkins (41% grade)
  2. Romolo between Vallejo and Fresno (37.5% grade)
  3. Prentiss between Chapman and Powhattan (37% grade)
  4. Nevada above Chapman (35% grade)
  5. Baden above Mangels (34% grade) *
  6. Ripley between Peralta and Alabama (31.5% grade)
  7. 24th between De Haro and Rhode Island (31.5% grade)
  8. Filbert between Hyde and Leavenworth (31.5% grade)
  9. 22nd between Vicksburg and Church (31.5% grade)
  10. Broadway above Taylor (31% grade)

 

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