La calle más famosa de San Francisco sufre las consecuencia de la popularidad. Lombard Street recibe dos millones de turistas cada año, pero la congestión de visitantes lleva a los vecinos y el Ayuntamiento a proponer un peaje para frenar el aluvión de coches.

Lombard Street es una calle de 182 metros que, para sortear la pendiente de 27 grados, tiene ocho giros en zigzag, que obliga a los coches a transitarla a no más de ocho kilómetros por hora. Rodeada de canteros de flores, parece como una serpiente de ladrillos rojo en medio del barrio Russian Hill.

Problemas en el vecindario
Los turistas que quieren descender en coche crean un caos en el vecindario: las colas para llegar hasta la famosa calle pueden alcanzar las cuatro manzanas, con el lógico tapón para la circulación por la zona, sumado a la contaminación por tantos motores en marcha y los toques de bocina de algún conductor impaciente.

Lombard Street “siempre fue una atracción turística, pero por algún motivo, en los últimos años la popularidad se disparó e impacta en el vecindario”, describe el portavoz de la autoridad de San Francisco, Eric Young, a Los Ángeles Times.

Peaje en marcha
¿Cómo gestionar las multitudes turísticas? Con la misma receta que Barcelona aplicó con el Park Güell: cobrar un peaje, aunque más bien parece ser una entrada.

La propuesta que el Ayuntamiento tiene en carpeta contempla cobrar cinco dólares (4,3 euros) a cada coche y limitar las presencias a 4.800 vehículos por día.

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