Paseos are pedestrian-only pathways that provide opportunities to create unique public spaces

Paseos are pedestrian only rights-of-way, whether a public staircase, a narrow pedestrian path, or a downtown alley connecting two streets. As with alleys, paseos should be designed to a pedestrian scale with various amenities and pedestrian-oriented spaces.

As each is unique to its context, recommended improvements reflect broad categories of improvements that can be specifically tailored to a particular context.


Mint Plaza as an example of a paseoMint Plaza Filbert StepsFilbert Steps



  • No vehicle traffic
  • Desire to create generous pedestrian realm
  • Need to ensure emergency and maintenance vehicle access as appropriate
  • Social and maintenance considerations

Additional Guidelines

  • Tree grates should be considered in high pedestrian volume areas, or as capital and maintenance budgets allow.
  • For specific stormwater control measures, see Stormwater Overview.


Standard Improvements

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Case by Case Additions

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Multi-Use Path3. Multi-Use Path


Typical Paseo Site PlansTypical Paseo Site Plans (See above for Case by Case Additions)

Conversion of steep underutilized street to stairs/trailsConversion of steep underutilized street to stairs/trails