As one of the most dangerous and deadliest stretches of road in Downtown St. Louis, “South Broadway” is located south of Busch Stadium with several popular bars and restaurants. For years, this poorly lit street with habitually speeding vehicles has caused numerous accidents and pedestrians to fear for their lives.
Both Amber Wood, 23, (April 27, 2012) and Bapi Gupta, 50 (June 28, 2015) were both killed by hit and run drivers on the 700 block of “South Broadway” in front of the Broadway Oyster Bar.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Initiative (B.A.P.I) was started by family members and friends of the of two victims with their number one goal to “Implement substantial pedestrian safety changes to South Broadway so there are NO NEW VICTIMS.”
Specific Demands of St. Louis City include:
- Implement a Pedestrian Crosswalk and flashers across South Broadway at Cerre to stop traffic when a pedestrian wants to cross
- Replace old Cobra Street Lighting to new LED Lights
- Reduce the speed limit to 25 on South Broadway
- Install Sidewalk Bump Outs to limit the number of lanes on South Broadway
- Install radar speed signs on both sides of South Broadway
- Have the St. Louis City Treasurers office install Parking Meters on both side of South Broadway to eliminate 2 extra lanes of traffic.
BAPI acknowledges that, through Alderman Jack Coatar, there has been some attempts to change South Broadway. In mid-November, 2015, the City of St. Louis Streets Department installed a Pedestrian Crossing. As you can see by the KSDK Channel 5 NBC News Segment, the pedestrian crossing is ineffective without enforcement. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Initiative is unanimous in our call for MORE CHANGE to South Broadway!