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Community

Complete Streets benefits members of all communities by making streets safe, comfortable and convenient for all Philadelphians. Community Groups and unaffiliated neighbors can help complete their neighborhood streets by using the Complete Streets Handbook and Complete Streets Check List, building a parklet, or installing a bike corral in front of their house.

Handbook

City streets are at the heart of our communities, whether they are for playing hockey on a Saturday afternoon, or decorating with banners celebrating the neighborhood, community groups across the city have an interest in the management and design of the right of way. However the policies and procedures that govern them, whether you want decorative street lighting or a crosswalk, can be confusing and hard to figure out. The Complete Streets Handbook allows you to learn about the City's policies for street design, management and project development. The Handbook provides detailed guidance for all aspects of what is called the right-of-way.

View The Complete Streets Handbook 

View The Complete Streets Check List

Complete Streets Map

The Complete Streets Handbook relies on a street type network to set priorities and target potential interventions. The Street Type Network describes every Philadelphia street based upon its surrounding land use, pedestrian activity and level of service. Click on this map to learn what street type your street is. To learn more about Street Types, consult both the Complete Streets Handbook and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. (click map to enlarge)

Pedestrian Plazas

While Philadelphia was built around a grid, many historical trading routes cut diagonal swaths that left oddly shaped intersections. These streets, as well as many which were built wider than necessary, often provide an opportunity for communities to reclaim concrete for their communities and turn space devoted to cars into space for pedestrians. 

In 2012 and 2013 the University City District and the City partnered to turn two confusing intersections in West Philly into pedestrian plazas. Communities interested in building pedestrian plazas in their neighborhoods should contact the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities at  215-686-9003.

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Parklets

Communities across Philadelphia are turning parking spaces into parklets. Parklets are small platforms that take the place of two parking spaces, with seats and tables that allow people to stop, sit and enjoy their neighborhood street life. They can act like a front porch or stoop to hang out on. These small spaces can make a big difference in a neighborhood. They create new seasonal pedestrian spaces that improve the quality of life in Philadelphia's neighborhoods and commercial corridors. 

If you are interested in building one in your community, on your street, or in front of your business, download the application to learn more about the process, agreements and design guidance needed for successful instillation of a parklet in your neighborhood.

Application

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Bike Corrals

Bike Corrals are a popular addition to cities all over the country that face a shortage of bicycle parking. Bike corrals are large bike racks that provide a dozen bicycle parking spaces and differ from standard bicycle parking because the corral occupies a curbside parking space formerly used for a single car. Corrals benefit cyclists by providing a designated space for bicycle parking, which also benefits pedestrians by freeing up scarce sidewalk space. They also benefit nearby shops by instantly increasing accessibility. The City of Philadelphia has installed 8 such corrals across the city.

Application