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Active Living in Communities

In some neighborhoods, it is not safe for residents to be physically active.  Even when it is safe, our streets, sidewalks and parks are not always built with the right infrastructure in place to encourage physical activity.  In turn, there has been a dramatic increase of sedentary behavior.

Through the Complete Streets Executive Mayoral Order, introduced in 2009, Get Healthy Philly aims to make it easier to be active through partnerships between the City Planning Commission, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Police Department, the Streets Department, and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

Our Action Plan
  • Implement the 2012 Philadelphia Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.
  • Promote active living through zoning and planning – the City of Philadelphia has rewritten its Comprehensive Plan – Philadelphia 2035 —and Zoning Code.
  • Create safer, more connected street and trail networks for walking and bicycling.  
  • Decrease pedestrian and bicycle injuries through education, enforcement, and infrastructure improvements.

2011-12 Achievements
  • Completed a citywide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan that provides a blueprint for implementing a seamless network of on- and off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
  • On December 22, 2011, passed a new zoning code, Bill No. 110845, that established provisions providing incentives for pedestrian-friendly transit-oriented development (TOD) patterns around key transit stations (14-704).
  • Installed 9.7 miles of conventional bicycle lanes, 6.7 miles of new buffered bike lanes, 2.0 miles of Green bicycle lanes, 8.9 miles of “sharrows” or shared bicycle lanes, and over 1800 bicycle racks.
  • Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and the Philadelphia Police Department implemented a 39-week education and enforcement initiative for Center City – Give Respect, Get Respect.

2011-2012 Annual Report

Active Living


Find Out More

For more information, visit Food Fit Phillly or call 311.