Modernizing a Canadian Symbol | Moose Crossing Sign

Monday, August 9, 2021

It is estimated that there are between 500 000 and 1 million moose in Canada. They are a sight that can be recognized by any Canadian from any province or territory! Being featured on the coat of arms for both Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, it is obvious the moose is a recognizable Canadian symbol.

Canada has a great deal of wildlife and, not surprisingly, many animal warning signs on its road networks. Larger animals, such as our noble moose, increase the severity of potential collisions. In areas where wildlife is known to regularly cross a road, wildlife crossing signs may be displayed to warn road users of the potential crossing hazard.

The Moose Crossing sign indicates to road users they are approaching an area where it is known moose often cross the roadway.

Chloë Chapdelaine, a young Canadian, who regularly passed moose crossing signs on her way to work, believed the sign could offer a more authentic and majestic portrayal of the moose. Chloë reached out to several agencies, including Alberta Transportation, with a proposal to modernize the Moose Crossing sign. Alberta Transportation handed her proposal over to the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC).

Ultimately, Chloë’s proposed design was included in TAC’s sixth edition of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada (MUTCDC), released in June following a six-year-long project.

“Chloë’s contribution to the new Moose Crossing sign offers a more deserving representation of the moose, and its use on Canadian roads will give drivers a more accurate impression – and fair warning – of a possible approaching encounter”, said Sarah Wells, TAC’s Executive Director.

Over the coming years, the new sign will take its place on roads all over Canada.



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