Bike and pedestrian master plan in its final stages

Bike and pedestrian master plan in its final stages

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A plan trying to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in East Baton Rouge Parish is in its final stages.

After receiving feedback from public meetings, the departments leading the initiative finalized a draft of the East Baton Rouge Parish pedestrian and bicycle master plan.

The project Steering Committee is reviewing the draft master plan. Planners will then revise the draft based on the committee’s suggestions before the draft is sent to the project Technical Advisory Committee for review. Daniel Helms, the consultant project manager for the project, said he hopes to have a final version of the draft by the end of June 2019.

If it passes through the city committees this summer, the draft could be approved by the Metro Council as early as August.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and (BREC) started the drafting process in spring 2018. The draft involves recommending safe and efficient facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists in East Baton Rouge Parish. The plan also assesses best practices policy and programs, reviews current design standards for new and/or improved infrastructure based on the needs of the community.

During Tuesday’s Downtown Development District monthly meeting, DDD executive director Davis S. Rhorer said he met with stakeholders the day before to talk about implementing the plan.

Right now, the city-parish is in negotiations with two firms that will handle the construction of roadwork, sidewalk as well as biking and walking trails.

“We want to make sure there is an implementation in place, and we may need to prioritize things,” Rhorer said at the meeting.

To learn more about the master plan, go to http://ebrpedbike.org/.

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