Complete Streets are designed with consideration for users of all ages and physical ability, and they allow for multiple modes of transportation. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transportation users are able to safely move along and across a complete street. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, or bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from all transit stops.
A commitment to the Complete Streets concept does not mean all modes for all roads. Rather, each street design is unique and responds to the needs of the community and destinations surrounding it. Sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, medians, curb extensions, bus shelters, transit accessibility and landscaping are a few of the hallmarks of Complete Streets. These and other design elements can be implemented in a variety of combinations to develop a truly balanced transportation system. Complete Streets is not about taking space away from automobiles— it is about providing equal access to roads and streets for all users, and creating neighborhoods that are safer and more inclusive.
With the adoption of the FUTUREBR Plan in September 2011, the Metropolitan Council for the City-Parish endorsed the adoption of a Complete Streets Policy and recommended it be implemented by 2013. A complete streets policy was adopted in 2014, followed swiftly by the creation of the Complete Streets Citizens Advisory Committee (CSACAC) in 2015.
LADODT COMPLETE STREETS POLICY
In 2009, LADOTD convened a Complete Streets Work Group in fulfillment of the request of the state legislator. This process resulted in the adoption of a Complete Streets Policy for LADOTD and the development of a final report, including recommendations for future actions. LADOTD's Complete Streets Policy was awarded the "Innovations for Sustaining Places Award: Best Practices" by the American Planning Association Louisiana Chapter in 2011. The National Complete Streets Coalition's 2011 Complete Streets Analysis Report recognized Louisiana's Complete Streets Policy as one of the best in the nation for its comprehensiveness and strength.
The MOVEBR Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Program is the most significant transportation infrastructure investment in East Baton Rouge Parish history. The 1/2 cent sales tax proposition was approved by the voters of East Baton Rouge Parish on December 8, 2018. The tax became effective on April 1, 2019 and will continue for 30 years until March 31, 2049. Proceeds of the tax can only be spent on the approved list of projects.
The City-Parish Planning Commission (CPPC) developed the BikeBR Mapping Application to help citizens and visitors determine which areas of Baton Rouge are easily accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists. A "Bikeability" Index was created in an effort to measure how safe, easy, and desirable it is to walk or bike in the region.
The pedal-assisted Gotcha Bikes are pay-per-minute electric bicycles with hubs available throughout the downtown and university areas. For more information on the program and to use the service, please visit the Ride Gotcha website.