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Summer 2009 | Vol. 12 | No. 2
Federal Highway Administration Unveils New Guide
The Federal Highway Administration released a new publication entitled “Safety Circuit Rider Program: Best Practices Guide.” The guide is meant to a be an informative resource for state departments of transportation or LTAP/TTAP centers that want to begin or enhance a Safety Circuit Rider (SCR) program.
The guide uses currently operating SCR programs to serve as case studies by looking at their common characteristics, duties performed and services offered, lessons learned, publications, and evidence of their effectiveness, including testimonials.
Also included in the guide is information about creating a SCR program such as finding support, funding, sustainability, training, resources and partnerships. For those who already have an SCR program, the guide dedicates a chapter to program evolution including changes being made to current SCR programs, how to enhance efficiency, and how to hire safety circuit riders as well as addresses issues related to SCR support. The guide contains seven appendices which include a list of existing SCRs with contact information, performance measures and sample proposals and contract budgets.
SCR programs aim to reduce roadway crashes through safetyrelated support to road safety agencies. Although state and local agencies utilize SCR programs, local agencies are usually a focus for the programs since they are more likely to need safety-related assistance.
To view the publication online, visit http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/local_rural/training/fhwasa09019/.