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 safety assessments 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.

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 elo2v@virginia.edu.

Recommended Tools and Resources for the Safety Toolkit

VDOT Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) (website)
VDOT HSIP Manual and Application Forms (pdf)
VDOT Traffic Engineering Division (website)
VDOT Local Assistance Division (website)
VDOT Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and Mapping Tool (website)
Virginia 2017-2021 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (pdf)
VDOT Highway Safety Program for Locals (video)
Virginia Supplement to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) (2011)

Crash Related

VDOT Crash Data Analysis Manual (2017) (pdf)
VDOT Tableau Crash Tool (website)
VDOT Tableau Crash Workbooks (website)

Road Safety Assessments (RSAs)

VDOT Road Safety Assessments (website)
VDOT RSA Guidelines (pdf)
VDOT Crash Analysis Procedures for Roadway Safety Assessments (pdf)