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33rd Street Trail Alternatives

The Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition is currently working on preliminary designs for a trail along E. 33rd Street to connect Lake Montebello, Charles Village and the neighborhoods in between. This critical gap between the Jones Falls Trail and Herring Run Trail will support historic and contemporary planning initiatives for the city. Historically, the 33rd Street boulevard was designed by the Olmsted Brothers as a multiuse, shared connecting parkway between the large parks to the east and west. Today, the 33rd Street corridor is being looked at by the Department of Transportation as a location for improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities. It is additionally being considered as a community connecting corridor in the City's Green Network Plan. The coalition's work is supportive of these significant contemporary and historical approaches to planning. With the coalition partners partners, two alternatives are being explored to complete this connection: a trail along the 40-foot-wide center median, and a cycletrack along the westbound lanes of traffic.

Share Your Thoughts

Please share your thoughts with the design team! Review the options posted below and send an email with your questions and feedback to Jim Brown. The preliminary design will then be used to apply for funding to complete final project design, and there will be additional opportunities to provide comment before the project is constructed.

May 2017 Update on Baltimore’s 33rd Street Project

During two recent meetings (on April 25 and May 4), we’re pleased that hundreds of people showed up to talk about public space, transportation and ways that the trail network may affect life in the community, and several key themes emerged.

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Shared Use Path Option

The Shared Use Path Option utilizes the wide median strip that runs down the middle of E. 33rd Street. A 12-foot trail would be constructed down the center of the median, leaving the existing trees and creating space for new landscaping and street furniture. The median strip leverages the existing curbs and trees to act as a natural buffer that protects trail users from moving traffic.

33rd Street Shared Us Path/Cycle Track Concept Cross-Section

 

Opportunities

  • Create a physically-separated trail that will attract the most users
  • Provide a safe and accessible way to access existing and new neighborhood greenspace
  • Accommodate people walking and biking
  • Use existing right-of-way without removing space for vehicles
  • A modern extension of historic Olmsted vision for parkways
  • Increase landscaping and stormwater treatment opportunities
  • Traffic-calming measures to slow vehicle traffic and maintain safe speeds
  • No changes to bus stop access

Constraints

  • Need to engineer safe intersection crossings

Cycletrack Option

The Cycletrack Option builds a two-way protected bike lane on the westbound lanes of E. 33rd Street. On-street parking and one lane of traffic are removed for the cycletrack, narrowing the westbound corridor to one lane of traffic. Protection is provided to people bicycling in the cycletrack through a new curb to be built. No new space is provided for pedestrians, who can continue to use the existing sidewalks on both sides of the street.

Get Involved

Join the coalition to make the 35-mile Baltimore Greenway Trails Network a reality.