Parkways are characterized by large landscaped medians or frontages which could often be better used for recreational or ecological purposes

Parkways, such as Dolores, Park Presidio, Brotherhood Way, and the Great Highway have broad well-landscaped medians and sidewalks that provide recreational paths, while moving vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians across the city. These streets can function not only as transportation corridors, but also as linear parks, creating a green network.

This green spaces can often be more effectively used for pedestrian, open space, and ecological functions, by providing multi-use trails, seating, open space, and stormwater management.


Dolores Street as an example of a parkwayDolores Street Typical Parkways SectionTypical Parkways Section



  • High volume and speed of through traffic
  • Desire for generous pedestrian environment and public realm
  • Opportunity to provide recreational amenities
  • Opportunity to provide ecological functioning
  • Few access points and driveways
  • Opportunity to connect/be part of regional trails such as the Bay Trail

Additional Guidelines

  • Parkways should include recreational spaces such as jogging paths in existing green spaces as width allows.
  • For specific stormwater control measures, see Stormwater Overview.


Standard Improvements

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Case by Case Additions

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Perpendicular or Angled Parking9. Perpendicular or Angled Parking
Multi-Use Path12. Multi-Use Path


Typical Parkways Street PlanTypical Parkways Street Plan (See above for Case by Case Additions)