Our policy accomplishments
Mayoral Transition Team :
Participated in Mayor Sharon Weston Broom's transition team as an advisor for multimodal transportation in the city of Baton Rouge.
Vulnerable Road Users Law :
Advocated for Senate Bill No. 171 (Vulnerable Road User Law), which would establish fines and potential jail time, and require a court hearing for drivers operating a motor vehicle in a careless manner that results in the injury or death of another road user who is not driving a car, van, or truck. This bill would protect vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, by creating penalties for injuring these road users. Passed the Senate, not the House in 2016. BBR continues to advocate.
Complete Streets :
Successfully advocated for Complete Streets Policy to be adopted by BR Metro Council, which requires that all new roads and roadway improvements to consider all road users, including pedestrians and bicyclists, in the design of that road.
Green Light Plan :
Successfully petitioned the Director of the Department of Public Works to include bicycle and pedestrian facilities on Brightside Lane, a Green Light Plan project.
Colin Goodier Protection Act :
Successfully advocated for state of LA adoption of CGPA, which sets a minimum safe passing distance (3') of a bicyclist by a motorist and prohibits the harassment of bicyclists. (Revised Statute 32:76.1 and 32:201). Worked with Tiger Cycling Foundation and Louisiana 3-feet.
Mayor's Bicycle Program :
Worked with the City-Parish in designing the Mayor's Bicycle Program and co-hosted a Public Input Workshop for that Program
Complete Streets Work Group :
Worked with AARP and other groups to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution 110, "To urge and request formation of a Complete Streets Work Group in the Department of Transportation and Development." on which Work Group B.R.A.S.S. serves as the bicycle advocacy representative for the state
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee :
Provides input through the Capital Region Planning Commission's Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee on local projects. The committee aims to improve bicycling and pedestrian conditions for commuters, children and elderly, persons with disabilities and recreational bicyclists and walkers of the area. In addition, the committee analyzes issues arising within the planning area of transportation management from a bicycle and pedestrian perspective. The committee makes recommendations to the MPO Transportation Technical Advisory and Policy Committees.
Capital Areas Pathway Project :
Worked with BREC on this somehow. Helped BREC identify routes? BREC's Capital Area Pathways Project (CAPP) is an initiative to identify routes and build a network of connecting trails and greenways throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.
Presentations to City-Parish Planners :
Developed and presented position papers to City-Parish planners on improving bicycle facilities in Baton Rouge;
Campus Grounds Advising :
Met with LSU planners about bicycle facilities and safety on and around the LSU campus. Did anything come from this?
Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan :
Worked on a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan for the parish, among other projects. Was this part of the BREC Capital Areas Pathways Project? What became of this work?
Public meetings :
Participated in public meetings affecting bicycling and walking facilities