Runner on the Jones Falls Trail through northern tip of Druid Hill Park | Photo by Steve Earley | CC by 2.0

RTC has been working with partners to create a world class, game-changing urban trail network in the city of Baltimore. The project will connect three existing Baltimore City trails that, when completely linked, will create a 35-mile loop connecting the city’s diverse neighborhoods with the downtown core. Only 10 additional miles are needed to close critical gaps that would create this powerful interconnected trail network within Baltimore City.

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When complete, this trail network will connect the city’s anchor institutions and destinations, including universities, hospitals, museums, parks, schools, waterfronts and employment centers with the communities they serve. The coalition will build on and support already emerging initiatives in the city, including Parks & People’s One Park Concept, Baltimore City’s Growing Green Initiative, the updated Baltimore City Bicycle Master Plan, the Open Space and Parks Task Force, and a revitalized master plan for the Middle Branch.

In late 2015,RTC—in partnership with Bikemore, APA Maryland Chapter and Citizens Planning and Housing Association—secured a grant from Plan4Health, an American Planning Association (APA) project, for the Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition. The grant will help strengthen the capacity of the fledgling network and support grassroots outreach in underserved neighborhoods—particularly where there is a significant lack of trail and active-transportation infrastructure—to mobilize efforts in support of healthy active living. The Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition is working with residents to address barriers that prevent people from safely accessing parks, trails and community events.


Crosswalk Demonstration Celebration

In the greater Mondawmin neighborhood of Baltimore, a major intersection and divided highway make it nearly impossible for people to cross the street safely, essentially isolating them from Druid Hill Park and all it has to offer. On September 28, 2016, the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network partnered with public artist Graham Coreil-Allen to create a demonstration crosswalk to show how creating a safe street crossing for pedestrians and cyclists can make it easier for residents to get to Druid Hill Park.

Crosswalk Demonstration

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We can’t do this alone. The trail network needs support from diverse partners to maximize benefits to community development, public health, revitalization, housing, transit and economic development.

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Plan4Health Partners

- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
- Bikemore
- Parks & People Foundation
- Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks
- Baltimore City Department of Planning
- Baltimore City Health Department
- Central Maryland Transportation Alliance

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