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Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Downtown North-South Greenway Connector Project Overview

The Downtown North-South Greenway Connector Project is a priority item in the 2016 BikeRaleigh plan and will serve as a key bicycle link between Glenwood South to the Warehouse District as well as two future greenways. It will be considered an ‘urban greenway'.

Providing dedicated bike lanes like a cycle track allows people to turn to biking as a safe, reliable, and healthy way to commute, and is a key solution for handling increased traffic and parking concerns. 

Project Benefits:

  • Pedestrians: Increase buffer from car traffic
  • Businesses: Convenient connection from downtown to warehouse district
  • Drivers: Less negotiation around bicyclists; fewer cars on the road
  • Cyclists: Safe road riding NOT in traffic
  • Community: promotes physical activity

Project Details

Bicycle and Pedestrian
Project Lead:
Transportation Planning
City of Raleigh Department of Transportation



Paul Black
Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager

Lead Department:
Participating Department:
Engineering Services
Service Unit:
Transportation Planning


This phase is complete.

Lead Department:


After weighing competing interests along the corridor, on February 21, 2020 the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission recommended proceeding with a one-way pair of separated bicycle lanes on the inside block of West and Harrington Streets. They also included a long-term recommendation to consolidate the facilities onto a single street in the future. 

This recommendation was reached after:

  • An open house for a two-way cycle track concept on West Street on February of 2017.  Bus Rapid Transit needs on West Street along with some physical constraints made the original plan unfeasible. 
  • Testing the two-way cycle track concept on a 3-block section of Harrington Street April 5-7, 2019. 
  • An open house for the entire corridor followed June 18, 2019. Issues around the number of driveways and crossings led to a re-assessment of the 2-way cycle track as the best fit and the development of alternatives. 
  • Six different options were presented at an open house on Jan. 6, 2020. 

BPAC's recommendation will go to City Council for review. If approved, cycle track construction will begin with possible completion as early as late 2020.

View proposed design

Lead Department:


The project is currently being advertised for construction bids

Next Steps


Construction will start this summer.

Phase Contacts


Grady McCollum, PE
Project Manager

Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Phase details coming soon.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

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Date Activity
June 2020 Project Design Complete
July 2020 Project Bid Complete
August 2020 Project Construction Begins

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