Safety

Safety Circuit Rider

History

In 2005, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) identified an opportunity to enhance safety service primarily to serve counties and local agencies.  As such, Safety Circuit Rider (SCR) positions were developed in the states of Florida, Kentucky and West Virginia.  Today, there are more than 20 states that have developed Safety Circuit Rider positions.  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), in partnership with the FHWA and Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), is pleased to announce the creation of the Safety Circuit Rider position for Colorado.

Need

Local agencies operate and own approximately 75% of all public roadways.  Nearly 80% of these roads are classified as rural.  Even though these roads only carry 40% of the traffic, nearly 60% of all crash fatalities occur on local roads.  As such, there is a need to focus safety related information and training to support the local agencies responsible for roadway safety.

Program Mission

The mission of the program is to provide specific safety related training and to work hand in hand (boots on the ground) with counties to identify, diagnose and treat safety deficiencies on the local road system.  This program will work toward vision zero in support of the Statewide Safety Plan. 

Program Deliverable  

  1. Providing technical assistance including but not limited to:
  • Supporting local agencies in the development of local road safety plans (LRSPs);
  • Disseminating roadway safety data to local road safety stakeholders;
  • Conducting local road safety data diagnostics to identify and prioritize Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funded local agency safety projects;
  • Providing technical assistance to local agencies in applying for HSIP safety funds and submittal of project proposals to CDOT’s Safety and Traffic Engineering Branch;
  • Work closely with the CDOT Traffic and Safety Engineer, CDOT LPA program manager and region local agency coordinators, on statewide safety project related issues project identification, submittal, selection, prioritization and implementation;
  • And, organizing and/or conducting road safety reviews for local agencies.
  1. Planning and delivering training activities by:
  • Organizing and/or conducting on-call trainings for special topics (i.e. MUTCD signing);
  • Organizing and/or conducting statewide safety workshops (systemic safety);
  • And, organizing and/or conducting webinars, peer exchanges, etc.
  1. General safety-program support such as:
  • Serving as the safety liaison professional between the LTAP and CDOT;
  • Supporting the Colorado Strategic Transportation Safety Plan (STSP);
  • Participating in LTAP and CDOT sponsored meetings and conferences and providing safety presentations, demonstrations, and moderator services when requested;
  • Responding to local road safety related questions from a variety of stakeholders including but are not limited to local agencies, FHWA, NHTSA, CDOT, CLTAP, DMV, MPOs, TPRS, STRAC, CDPHE, and others.
  • And, developing articles on safety-related topics for use in newsletters and other publications.

The Safety Circuit Rider Team

James (Jim) Nall, Bechtolt Engineering, has been selected to head up this program for the first year. Jim has a variety of experience that includes 5 years of CDOT construction as well as 17 years as the Region 3 Traffic and Safety Engineer.  After completing 22 years at CDOT, Jim went to work for Mesa County as their Director of Traffic Operations. In addition, Jim was a planning commissioner for the City of Grand Junction.  Given his wide diversity of experience with the State, County and City, Jim understands local issues and needs and how these needs can best be met using all available resources. 

Joni Brookes, Bechtolt Engineering, provides support to the SCR Program. Joni started her career with the Texas Department of Transportation where she worked for 8 years.  She then went to work for the Colorado Department of Transportation.  Her experience includes Traffic Engineering, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Traffic Operations as well as working with the traveling public to determine safety concerns and recommended counter measures for high crash locations. 

James Nall P.E,
[email protected]
(970) 433-4605

Joni Brookes P.E,
[email protected]
(303) 883-1329


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