Complete Streets Handbook Discussion Series

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) and the Streets Department recently released a draft of the Philadelphia Complete Streets Design Handbook (the Handbook) for public comment. The preferred street designs and management practices to provide all travelers with safe and convenient streets. The Handbook includes:
– project review checklists to document how these designs and practices are applied to new, reconstructed or redesigned City streets;
– a catalogue of existing local policies and design standards related to streets, sidewalks, intersections, and other elements in the public right-of-way; and
– recommended policies and practices for issues not currently addressed.

The Handbook will be used by City and State agency staff, design professionals, private developers, community groups, and others involved in the planning, design and operation of streets in Philadelphia. The Handbook will inform all projects that impact the public right-of-way in Philadelphia, including construction of new streets and improvements to existing streets. The Streets Department and Planning Commission will review projects for consistency with the Handbook and to make sure Philadelphians can travel across this city safely, no matter what mode of travel they choose to use.

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is hosting three Complete Streets Handbook Discussions in the month of September. These Discussions will provide an opportunity to both learn more the Complete Streets Handbook and provide feedback to City officials about the draft handbook. The Discussions will be held in Room 1450 of the Municipal Services Building (1401 JFK Blvd) on
– MOTU encourages professionals involved with Community or Real Estate Development to attend the Sept 10th meeting (11 – 12:30)
– MOTU encourages professionals involved with Design or Engineering to attend the Sept 12th meeting (11 – 12:30)
– MOTU encourages members from the general public to attend the Sept 24th meeting (6 – 7:30).
The Handbook is available for review on the Streets Department’s website and can be downloaded here http://philadelphiastreets.com/handbook.aspx. From August until October, a draft copy of the handbook will be available and the open comment period will close October 1st. Communities interested in learning more can request a briefing from the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities. All comments and questions should be directed to Ariel Ben-Amos (ariel.ben-amos@phila.gov –1401 JFK Blvd, Suite 1430, Philadelphia, PA 19102). RSVP’s are encouraged by not required. Please take a moment and distribute this message to all those you feel may be interested.

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