Man asks for better walkways, bike lanes after four pedestrians hit by car


BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44)-Biking is a big part of Doug Moore’s day. He often bikes to work and bikes back home. But each time he saddles up for a ride there’s a small level of anxiety, especially when riding near some busy streets.

“They’re just designed for danger really. Really high design speeds. And then really high speed limits, ” Moore said.

Moore is president of Bike Baton Rouge, a group of people fighting for safer walk and bikeways. He says the need for a pedestrian-friendly city is more necessary now than ever. Especially after four people were hit by cars in less than 24-hours between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

“It’s avoidable really. It’s preventable. We need to care as much about safety as we do about moving cars. And that has not been the case.”

As of now, the city-parish has plans for creating new bike lanes and sidewalks. It’s all been drafted in the East Baton Rouge pedestrian and bike master plan. It’ll be some time before these lanes are constructed, but the planning has reached the final stages.

“We have the power to design safer streets. We’re just not doing it well enough. Not yet,” Moore said.

In meantime, experts say you can stay safe walking and biking by making yourself visible at night with lights or white clothing, avoiding busy streets or streets with high speed limits, and lastly do your research and find the safest route for your commute.

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