Very steep street (4 photos)

Baldwin Street - a street in the city of Dunedin in New Zealand. Street, brought in the Guinness Book of Records as the steepest street in the world. At 359 meters long street rises almost 80 meters. Thus, on the steepest segment 161, it is lifted two feet 47, 22 meters, creating a 38-degree slope.

Dunedin was founded in 1848. When building the city and there was the steepest street in the world. The steepness of the street was unintentional. As it was in many other parts of the city, and throughout New Zealand as a whole, the streets were planned in London, with absolutely no regard for relief.

Baldwin Street Project, as well as all Dunedin, was designed by Charles Kettle, completely unaware that the north-eastern part of Dunedin's not the most suitable terrain for paving roads. And only came to implement the project workers found that they are waiting for a little trouble.

As a result, the upper part of the street, a steeper, had to cover the concrete, or in hot weather of the asphalt pavement, located on top, just trickled down to.

Baldwin Street is the venue for the annual event called «Baldwin Street Gutbuster». It is a race in which competing as quickly as possible is necessary first to run down the street from the bottom up and then from top to bottom.

Also on the street Baldwin since 2002 annually event called «Cadbury Jaffa Race», which is part of the festival «Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival». The essence of «Cadbury Jaffa Race» next. About 30,000 small round chocolate candies «Jaffas» roll on Baldwin Street from the top down.

Before starting each candy gets its own number, which is printed on self-adhesive paper and pasted on the chocolate balls, so they can be distinguished from each other, with each candy has a sponsor. Then the launch «Jaffas».

On the descent from candy usually takes 15 to 25 seconds. Shortly before the finish candy fall into a special funnel, and the first five balls passed through this funnel, is the winner. All proceeds go to charity.


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