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Complete Streets

Ensuring safe transportation options for all Philadelphians—whether they walk, bike, drive, or ride transit.


Complete Streets are safe, comfortable, and convenient. They are designed and operated to ensure safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders, regardless of age and physical ability.

While complete streets come in many shapes and forms, they share the same principles. Complete streets:

  • Accommodate all users.
  • Are designed for safety and to prevent fatal crashes.
  • Prioritize pedestrian movement, because all trips include a walking component.
  • Complement surrounding buildings, activities, environment, and community.
  • Incorporate sustainability principles.

There are many ways that the City of Philadelphia fulfills the goals of its Complete Street policy. Public and private projects and policies are reviewed and implemented through various channels including routine paving, corridor planning, Vision Zero capital planning, and civic design review.

For media inquiries related to Complete Streets, contact


Phone: 311


Many City agencies are involved in the planning and implementation of Complete Streets. This includes:

  • Office of the Mayor
  • Office of Transportation, Infrastructure & Sustainability (OTIS)
  • Philadelphia’s City Council
  • Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC)
  • Philadelphia Department of Commerce
  • Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I)
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)
  • Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)
  • Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA)
  • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department (PPR)
  • Philadelphia Police Department (PPD)
  • Philadelphia Streets Department (Streets)
  • Philadelphia Water Department (PWD)
  • School District of Philadelphia (SDP)

Depending on the specific project and funding source, state and regional agencies may also be involved. Common partners include:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)