The Baton Rouge Sustainable Transportation Action Committee (STAC) is a joint initiative between CPEX and AARP Louisiana, established in 2012 as a coalition of local volunteer partners engaged in making Baton Rouge streets safer and more accessible for all travelers.
STAC came together to push for the City-Parish to adopt a Complete Streets policy that balances the access, mobility, and safety needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and motorists. Baton Rouge's Complete Streets Policy was adopted in 2014, and the group championed passage of a follow-up ordinance that was passed in 2015, creating the Complete Streets Advisory Committee that was called for in the policy.
Foster/Florida Corridor Pilot Project (2017)
Working in partnership with the EBR Dept. of Transportation and Drainage, EBR Planning Commission, CATS, and a number of other local stakeholders, BR STAC has launched a project to address the challenge of inadequate and unsafe pedestrian, bicycle, transit and ADA-compliant infrastructure in the "Foster/Florida Corridor" (bordered by Acadian Thruway, Gus Young Avenue/Greenwell Springs Road, Lobdell Avenue, and Government Street). According to local and state data, this area of dense education, healthcare, and human services facilities represents one of the most highly-trafficed corridors for CATS riders, and ranks among the highest in the state for pedestrian and cyclist fatalities.
This pilot project uses a collaborative process to identify the most promising improvements to active transportation infrastructure. STAC worked with Department of Transportation and Drainage, CATS, Planning Commission and DOTD along with other stakeholders to collect and analyze data on transit routes, traffic conflicts, crash incidents, health factors - all available in Open Data BR. STAC also conducted a survey of residents in target area and transit riders. With this data and input, project partners developed a list of recommend projects to be prioritized by the City/Parish for infrastructure improvements that will improve safety, connectivity, and convenience of walking, biking, and transit use in the area.
Health in the Foster/Florida Corridor
Considerable health disparities are present on either side of the Florida Blvd. dividing line within the Pilot Project area. Some residents of the Foster/Florida Corridor are much more likely to be obese, have diabetes, and suffer high blood pressure and stroke than their fellow Baton Rouge residents and other Americans – despite the Corridor's rank as 2nd most walkable area of Baton Rouge (based on the distance to nearby places and pedestrian friendliness). Complete Streets promote "active transportation" like walking and biking to work, school, and grocery stores – all great ways for adults to get their recommended amount of physical activity of about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Jessica Keasler | Forum 35
Jessica Kemp, Ph.D. | Center for Planning Excellence
Eileen B. Kennedy
Laurence Lambert | Vectura Consulting Services, LLC
Morgan Landry | Reliant Transportation
Lynn Maloney-Mujica | ELOS Environmental, LLC
Rev. Patrick Mascarella
Joshua Paul Melder
Andy Piner | Venyu Solutions
Davis Rhorer | Downtown Development District
Reed Richard | BREC
Samual Sanders | Mid City Redevelopment Alliance
Whitney Hoffman Sayal | Downtown Development District
Kathleen W. Stites, PLA | BREC
JT Sukits | Capital Region Planning Commission
Mika Torkkola | Bike Walk Louisiana
Ann Trappey | Forte and Tablada
David Aguillard | Catholic Charities of Diocese of BR
Logan Anderson | Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Coletta Barrett | OLOL Regional Medical Center
Peter Breaux, Ph.D. | Southern University of BR
Ashley Bridges | American Heart Association
Rex Cabaniss | WHLC Architecture
Jeffrey Campbell | Louisiana State University
Donna Collins-Lewis | BR Metro Council, District 6
Emmett Crockett | CATS
Juan Cruz | Gardere Initiative
Nancy Curry | Federation of GBR Civic Associations
Eric Dexter | Civil Solutions Consulting Group, Inc.
Rachel Diresto | Center for Planning Excellence
Jeanne George, Ph.D. | AARP Louisiana Volunteer Exec. Council
Jared Hymowitz | Healthy BR
Sam Irwin | Melrose Place Civic Association
Beaux Jones | Bike Baton Rouge
Stephen Kaufman | Advocacy Center of Louisiana