Our policy And Advocacy accomplishments
Mayoral Transition Team
Participated in Mayor Sharon Weston Broom's transition team as an advisor for multi-modal 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, but not the House in 2016. Bike Baton Rouge continues to advocate for this bill.
Successfully advocated for Complete Streets Policy to be adopted by BR Metro Council in 2014, which requires that all new roads and roadway improvements to consider all road users, including pedestrians and bicyclists, in the design of that road. To learn more about Baton Rouge's complete streets vision and policy statement, click here.
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. This project was completed in 2011. To learn more about the Green Light Plan, click here.
Colin Goodier Protection Act
Successfully advocated for state of Louisiana's adoption of the Colin Goodier Protection Act, which sets a minimum safe passing distance (3') of a bicyclist by a motorist and prohibits the harassment of bicyclists in 2009. (Revised Statute 32:76.1 and 32:201). Worked with Tiger Cycling Foundation (now part of Wheels to Succeed) 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 in 2009.
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." Bike Baton Rouge serves as the bicycle advocacy representative for the state as a part of this work group.
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 Metropolitan Planning Organization's Transportation Technical Advisory and Policy Committees.
Capital Areas Pathway Project
Worked with BREC to identify cycling 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.
Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Worked on a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan for the parish, among other projects.
Participated in public meetings affecting bicycling and walking facilities