A new West Virginia law strongly supported by AARP aims to improve the safety of and access to roadways for all users, including pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, those taking public transportation, and people with disabilities.

The Complete Streets Act requires all transportation projects receiving federal or state funds to “strive to improve safety, access and mobility for users of all ages and abilities.”

The law also requires a 16-member Complete Streets Advisory Board to submit yearly reports starting Dec. 1 on whether and how new transportation projects are improving street safety and usability.

The idea is to expand opportunities for physical activity such as walking or cycling while also improving street safety.

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