Reducing vehicle crashes and improving overall roadway safety are the key goals of the Safety Circuit Rider (SCR) program. One-on-one technical assistance, road safety assessments and safety-focused transportation training are some of the featured services offered to local agencies.

Together, the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and UVA’s Center for Transportation Research recently launched the Virginia Safety Circuit Rider  program to improve safety on the 11,000 miles of streets and roadways maintained by cities, towns and local agencies in Virginia.

What is a Safety Circuit Rider?

Traditionally, a circuit rider is a person who travels the “circuit” bringing services to a region or local area. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), ‘safety circuit riders’ can have a significant impact on the reduction of crashes on local roads, leveraging low cost improvements and road audits to mitigate roadway safety issues.

What Services are Offered?

  • Safety-related information and resources
  • One-on-one technical assistance and site visits
  • In-classroom transportation safety training
  • Road safety assessments

A key member of the SCR team is a full-time engineer who serves as the Safety Circuit Rider, visiting locales and working with local transportation professionals to identify, diagnose and treat traffic safety problems and high crash areas.

The program is currently seeking an experienced transportation engineer to fulfill the role of Safety Circuit Rider. To apply for the position, visit Jobs@UVA (posting #0622849). Complete a staff application online, attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.

Request Assistance or a Site Visit

For more information about the Virginia SCR program or to request a site visit, contact Beth O’Donnell at