Over the last 20 years the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) has developed the Canadian Road Safety Engineering Handbook, a well-regarded series of publications. However, transportation practitioners working to reduce death and injury from collisions still lack a comprehensive national reference document for road safety engineering to support their efforts. A new project under the purview of TAC’s Safety, Design & Operations Council aims to address this gap.
In 2020, TAC completed a scoping study that described a new publication that would both integrate and augment existing guidance, recognizing Canada’s unique road safety needs and circumstances. The proposed document would be called the Road Safety Guide for Canada (RSGC) and would be TAC’s third flagship publication, alongside the Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada.
The RSGC will be developed as a collaborative project. Recognizing the significance of both the effort and the product, TAC’s Board of Directors has allocated $200,000 (25% of the budget target), and Transport Canada has indicated that it will make a similar contribution. The remaining 50% of the budget will rely on contributions from TAC’s provincial, territorial and municipal member agencies, other TAC member organizations, and external partners
The RSGC will benefit from the funding and expertise contributed by this wide range of project partners, each of which will be invited to join the Project Steering Committee. Members of that committee will help to select a consulting team and then guide its technical work – a great opportunity to contribute to road safety in Canada.
Funding commitments for this project are arriving steadily, and work will begin soon. If your organization would like to know more about the privileges and responsibilities that would accompany a financial commitment to the project to develop a new Road Safety Guide for Canada, please contact Geoff Noxon.