I’m pretty sure most of you know some other streets that can easily be named amongst the weirdest of the world but theworldgeography.com thinks different and made its own top 9 whose records are giving a headache to both drivers and pedestrians for decades.
The shortest street in the world is named Ebenezer Place and it can be found in Scotland, with only 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in), surpassing the previous record in 2006 of 5.2 m (17 ft) set by Elgin Street in Bacup, Lancashire. According to Guinness World Records, the Ebenezer Place “appeared” back in 1883 when the owner of a hotel had to write the name of a street on the narrow part of the building, being officially named a street only four years later.
The narrowest street in the world has only 31 centimeters and it isn’t in the United States, as you probably figured it out, because Americans can’t walk through there. It’s actually in Germany, Spreuerhofstraße (how do you read that?), Reutlingen, and it was built back in 1726, being officially listed in the Land-Registry Office as City Street Number 77.
One of the steepest streets in the world with its 27 degrees can be found in San Francisco, USA, under the Lombard name. The street is actually so steep that it would be dangerous for most vehicles to run on it so between 1922 and 1923 this part has been transformed into a switchback with eight sharp turns so the cars can only drive downhill. The speed limit here is just 5 mph or 8 km/h.
The widest street in the world can be found in Buenos Aires, Argentina, being over 300 feet wide, and crossing the avenue at street level requires a few minutes. Under normal walking speed, pedestrians have to cross two or three green lights on the twelve lanes of traffic.
In Ontario, Canada, we have the longest street in the world, named Yonge Street (pronounced Young), connecting the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto to Lake Simcoe, being 1.896 km long or 1.178 miles. The construction of the street has been designated as an Event of National Historic Significance.
The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England, is the most confusing in the world. Being made in 1972 it consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged in a circle. In 2009 it was voted the fourth scariest junction in Britain. Once understood, this junction makes sense in reducing congestion.
The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange in Los Angeles, Ca, has been named the most complicated interchange in the US and it was opened in 1993. With its 4 level interchange it has a restricted access lane that can be used by high-occupancy vehicles.
The steepest street in the world can be found in New Zeeland, wearing the Baldwin name. The street is located in the suburb of North East Valley, 3.5 km (2.2 miles) northeast of Dunedin’s city center.
Malaysia is offering us the largest roundabout in the world, Putrajaya, in the south of Kuala Lumpur. The loop length is 3.4 kilometers and it’s situated around a beautiful hill and green parks.