Road Safety Guide for Canada

Project Summary


In development

Last Updated

January, 2021

Responsible Council / Committee

Safety, Design & Operations Council / Road Safety Committee


To be determined

Expected Duration

24 months

Total Funding Estimate

$800,000 (75% from pooled-fund process; 25% from TAC reserves)

Staff Contact


This project will develop a major national guide to complement the Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads (GDG) and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada (MUTCDC). The guide will focus on engineering aspects while referencing the multi-disciplinary nature of road safety. It will consolidate, update and expand the knowledge contained in TAC’s Canadian Road Safety Engineering Handbook (CRaSH), a series of seven publications on road safety engineering subjects developed over the last two decades. The target audience will be employees of TAC member organizations in the public, private and academic sectors who focus on engineering but require an understanding of the broader system that influences road safety outcomes. A scoping study for the new guide, completed in April 2020, establishes key directions for the project and the anticipated deliverables.


This project will:

  • Develop a national road safety guide as TAC’s third flagship document, complementing and referencing both the GDG and MUTCDC
  • Address identified gaps in TAC’s existing suite of road safety publications, and reference other Canadian and international road safety guides and practices (e.g. PIARC, AASHTO, Austroads)
  • Focus on engineering in both rural and urban conditions while providing appropriate connections to strategic and policy issues (e.g. Vision Zero, safe system, equity), management matters (e.g. governance, funding), and data/analysis tools (e.g. network screening, road safety audits)

Major tasks will include:

  • Literature review and jurisdictional scan
  • Consultation with TAC’s Road Safety Committee and other committees and councils
  • Identification of gaps in current practice and literature
  • Development of detailed content with reference to TAC’s Canadian Road Safety Guide Scoping Study report

The scoping study recommended that the Road Safety Guide for Canada contain three volumes, and listed chapters and subchapters for each volume. It identified knowledge gaps related to:

  • Access management
  • Safety analysis software
  • Vulnerable road users
  • Road safety in road design
  • Road safety in traffic operations
  • Safety conscious planning
  • Collision modification factors
  • Analytical, modeling and statistical methods
  • Emerging topics including electric vehicles, shared micromobility services, e-bikes, intelligent transportation systems, big data, and connected and automated vehicles


Thank you to our Premier Sponsors