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Chapter Two

Baileywick Trail

existing system overview


The following are examples of successes of the existing

Capital Area Greenway System observed by the consultant

team. Corresponding policies and actions from the 2030

Comprehensive Plan have been identified for integration of

these initiatives into the System Plan. Policies and actions

listed are not exhaustive. Instead, these provide a summary

of potential corresponding efforts with a more thorough

list of Action Items for the Capital Area Greenways System

in Chapter 5.

Diverse User Experience

The diverse range of trail types offers a variety of aesthetic

and sensory user experiences. Natural surface hiking

trails, as seen on the west side of Lake Johnson and

northern portion of Mine Creek Trail, provide a natural

experience within an urban area and include a variety

of challenges suitable for families, trail runners, and

recreational hikers. Paved multi-use trails are found near

parks, including Abbotts Creek Trail near North Wake

Landfill District Park and Reedy Creek Trail through the

North Carolina Museum of Art. Other paved multi-use

trails provide loops and connections to neighborhoods.

Through observations, a growing population of bicyclists

are using trails for transportation, portions of Reedy

Creek Trail and Rocky Branch are becoming important

connections within the commuter trail network.

Corresponding 2030 Comp Plan policies and actions:

• PR 3.1 - Greenway Trail Expansion

• PR 3.1 - Capital Area Greenway

Navigation and Wayfinding

The Master Sign Program provides eight different

typologies of wayfinding signage for the greenway system.

These include trailhead identification, trail markers,

pedestrian directional, mile markers, regulatory signage,

confidence markers, interpretive signage, and map kiosks.

This branded package provides standards and guidelines

to unify the system and improves legibility for navigating

the city. User experience is enhanced by maps depicting

connections and lengths of trails, mile markers aiding in

fitness milestones and emergency locators, confidence

markers indicating users are on the correct route

during on-road transitions, and navigation aids at trail


Corresponding 2030 Comp Plan policies and actions:

• PR 3.2 - Greenway Awareness

Connectivity and Access

With over 104 miles of trails, Raleigh is well connected

to downtown urban environments, suburban residences

and commercial areas, and more remote rural landscapes.

Reaching in all directions, the system is well planned to

connect users at a local and regional level.The eastern edge

of the Neuse River Trail connects North Raleigh to South

Raleigh and beyond to Clayton and other towns along

the Neuse River. Closing gaps to the west will eventually

provide access to Cary and the American Tobacco Trail

leading into Durham.

Corresponding 2030 Comp Plan policies and actions:

• PR 3.6 - Greenway Connectivity

• PR 3.8 - Pedestrian Links to Greenways

• T 5.1 - Enhancing Bike and Pedestrian Circulation

• T 5.4 - Pedestrian and Bicycle Network Connectivity

2.5.2 Successes of the Greenway System