Getting Started with Complete Streets

Posted August 23, 2022


While most streets in today's world have been designed for the automobile, many people use alternate methods of transportation such as bicycling or walking to get to their destination. Because of this, it is important to consider all transportation users when designing a street — and a Complete Streets Policy can make sure that happens.

Municipalities should consider the creation and adoption of a complete streets policy as the first step in reevaluating transportation networks. This policy would include analyzing the safety, health, environmental and economic components of the existing street(s) and then developing a strong vision for their design or redevelopment.

Chester County's Complete Streets Policy (adopted in November 2021) serves as a guide for how streets may be planned, designed, retrofitted, and maintained to facilitate travel in a safe, convenient, and comfortable manner for all users regardless of their transportation mode. Depending on their specific needs, municipalities can either develop their own policy or endorse the county's.

So far, eight Chester County municipalities have adopted the policy, including the communities of East Bradford, East Whiteland, Elverson, Londonderry, Modena, Phoenixville, Valley, and West Brandywine.

To learn more, including how to implement Chester County's Complete Streets Policy, see the complete streets eTool.

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