Christiaan Abildso of the School of Public Health at West Virginia University helped collect data related to injuries and fatalities caused by incomplete street infrastructure. West Virginia has the second highest rate of inactivity in the nation, he said, and the lack of sidewalks and bicycle lanes prevent that statistic from changing.
"What we did was review seven years of data provided by the Division of Highways that come from police reports, collected around the state, to better understand the burden of crashes between motor vehicles and pedestrians and motor vehicles and cyclist," he said. "Complete Streets, as we hear today, is legislation used in many states as a mean to institutionalize and improve pedestrian and cyclist design in areas where the need exists, and usually that need is established using crash data such as what we reviewed."