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Complete Streets Review

Complete Streets Overview
Philadelphia has approximately 2,575 miles of streets. Philadelphians use them every day to walk, bike, ride transit, and drive. Some streets were built in the 1600’s and others in the 1950’s. Our streets come in a many widths and serve different purposes, users, and neighborhoods.

Public streets are one of the most valuable assets a city has. The competition for the public right of way is constant and varied. The City must balance the management of these spaces to lessen congestion and improve safety

In 2009, Mayor Nutter issued an executive order ensuring that the City’s streets would accommodate all users of the transportation system, be they pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, or automobile drivers.. (See the Executive Order here).

The City adopted a Complete Streets Design Handbook and created a Complete Streets Review process, performed by the Streets Department and the City Planning Commission, to fulfill the 2009 executive order.
Complete Streets Components
There are seven components of a complete street. These are: Pedestrian, Building and Furnishing, Bicycle, Curbside Management, Vehicle/Cartway, Urban Design, & Intersection and Crossing. Each of these components is pictured, below, exception for the Intersection and Crossing Component which may only be seen from a plan view.
Complete Streets Checklist
The Planning Commission Complete Streets Review is part of the Civic Design Review process. This page provides information to explain the Planning Commission Complete Streets review process, and contains an inventory of complete streets review checklists, departmental comments, and approvals for recent projects.

The following illustration and links will guide you in determining when you should initiate the Complete Streets Review process.

For more information about Civic Design Review, follow this link

For the Complete Streets Handbook, follow this link

For the required City Planning Commission Complete Streets Checklist, follow this link

For the Complete Streets Checklist for the following projects, follow the links below:
Please direct any questions or comments to David Kanthor: