Greenways 101

Greenway Design Elements

Greenways connect people to parks, jobs, and neighborhood destinations by foot, bike, and other non-motorized means. These off-road, multi-use paths are context sensitive, meaning that they are designed differently depending upon the setting. 


Greenway Types

What makes a greenway? Below are four examples of different greenway types:


Park Path, Charles River Park, Boston

Park Path
  • Off-road, shared-use path
  • Follows parkland or waterfront areas
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Off-Road Path, Binney Street, Cambridge

Off-Road Path
  • Shared-use path
  • Runs parallel to street
  • Often has trees or other landscaped features separating the path from the road
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Neighborway, Hancock Street, Somerville

  • Slow, neighborhood streets, treated as 'shared' space
  • Low traffic volume allows people on foot, bikes, and in cars to share the road for low stress connectivity
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Greenway Connector, Broadway Street, Cambridge

Greenway Connectors
  • One-mile or less connecting roadway
  • Uses wayfinding tools to guide pedestrians and bicyclists between greenway paths