The Council works to decrease deaths and serious injuries involving walkers, bicyclists and other non-vehicle methods of transportation. Increasingly in Washington State people are turning to these forms of transportation. Some are motivated by health concerns, some by the increasing use of public transportation or a desire to reduce their carbon footprint. The Council reviews and analyzes crash data in order to identify patterns in crashes and to find points at which the transportation system can be improved. The Council reports to the legislature annually to recommend changes in statutes, ordinances, rules and policies to improve the transportation system for all modes of travel. The Council’s name honors Cooper Jones, a 13-year-old boy who died after being struck from behind by a driver as Cooper participated in a road race in Spokane County.