On-Street Parking Design

Utilize on-street parking as a vital resource in expanding capacity of development and districts in high-demand.

Maintain parallel parking on-street wherever possible to provide greater accessibility to a number of modes, such as bicyclists and pedestrians. Consider angled on-street parking on streets with lesser traffic volumes while not inhibiting other modes to serve as a traffic calming tool. The angle of on-street parking will influence the character of the street.

Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources
A photo of a two lane one way street with parallel parking.
On-Street Parking
A photo of angled on-street parking next to a bike lane.
Back-in Angle Parking in Conjunction with Bikeways. (Source: Facebook, SFMTA)

Provide back-in angled parking in conjunction with bicycle lanes or provide a separated bikeway between the parking and the sidewalk. Avoid head-in angled parking because drivers entering and existing may not see bicyclists.









A photo of an L shaped parallel parking in parking lot.
Clear Pavement Markings

Maximize and better manage curb space by clearly marking on-street parking spaces via “L” or “T” shaped space boundaries.















Consider standard dimensions for on-street parallel parking at eight (8) feet wide by 22 feet long and 30 to 100 feet from any intersection depending on the design speed.

An illustration of a parallel parking spot with the dimensions of 8' by 22'.
Parallel Parking Dimensions

A photo of an on-street 2-hour parking sign.
A photo of an on-street 2-hour parking sign.

Employ tools to utilize on-street parking as short-term parking with pricing or time limits.