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The work of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Initiative (B.A.P.I.) quickly started as a direct result of Bapi Gupta and Amber Wood’s families wanting to focus their positive efforts on changing the deadly stretch of road on South Broadway that claimed both their lives.

As word spread, and more hit and run fatalities occurred in St. Louis, it was apparent that more people wanted to see drastic change by improving bicycle and pedestrian safety in the St. Louis region. 

This effort, as well as the group of has grown the grassroots effort to advocate and educate the St. Louis Region in creating an environment of NO MORE VICTIMS!

Mission & Goals

Mission: Greatly improve bicycle and pedestrian safety through a grassroots effort to advocate and educate the St. Louis Region in creating an environment of NO MORE VICTIMS!

Goals:

  • Implementing substantial pedestrian safety changes to South Broadway so there are NO NEW VICTIMS.
  • Become a leading voice in for implementation of pedestrian and bicyclist safety measures such as crosswalks, increased signage, enhanced lighting, speed monitoring signs, and any other measures throughout the St. Louis Region.
  • Actively support the internationally recognized concept of Vision Zero, meaning that traffic deaths and disabling injuries are unacceptable and preventable with proper engineering, enforcement and education.

To assist B.A.P.I. with our efforts, please join our Action Team (LINK to Contact US Form) to be notified of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer
History

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Initiative (BAPI.net) is led by a volunteer Steering Committee, and supported by numerous concerned citizens who are upset by the continuing fatalities and serious injuries from collisions occurring in the city of St. Louis. In the first six months of 2014, these 12 people, plus Bapi Gupta, on June 28th, have died as a result of traffic collisions in the city.

Nothing can restore life to these innocent victims and prevent the grieving of their families and those of other traffic victims in recent years. We say, “Enough! It’s time to ACT, so there are no more victims!”

We are a group of volunteers, friends of Bapi Gupta, Amber Wood, and other concerned citizens who insist that the lives of bicyclists and pedestrians must have a higher priority. It must be safe to walk and ride a bike in our city. Join us, as we seek to make South Broadway, the downtown area, and ALL of metropolitan St. Louis safe for its citizens!

Beyond South Broadway, this committed group is dedicated to collaborating with other families and is leading the charge to make changes

Advisory Board/Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Our group is led by a Steering Committee of volunteers:

Genie Dee, a nonprofit administrator, whose son, Bapi Gupta, was critically injured by a speeding driver on South Broadway in June, 2015, and later died

Georgie Busch, an event coordinator, whose daughter, Amber Wood, was killed by a speeding driver on South Broadway in 2012

Tracy Baum, travel project manager

Bill Baum, information technology consultant

Jon Fisher, biology professor

Nancy Jackson, realtor

Rhoda Hopkins, intake specialist

Jeffery Rodgers, veteran, U.S. Army

Advisors

Chris Kuban, public relations consultant, Chemistry Multimedia, LLC;  

Janet Matthews, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, Trailnet

Goal #1

This is the default. Implement substantial pedestrian safety changes to South Broadway so there are NO NEW VICTIMS.

Goal #2

Become a leading voice in for implementation of pedestrian and bicyclist safety measures throughout the St. Louis Region.

Goal #3

Actively support the internationally recognized concept of Vision Zero, meaning that traffic deaths and disabling injuries are unacceptable and preventable with proper engineering, enforcement and education.