Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon Warrant

Project Summary


In Production

Research Area

Traffic Operations

Responsible Council / Committee

Chief Engineers' Council / Traffic Operations and Management Standing Committee

Related TAC publications

Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada (2014)
Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide (2012)

Project Funding Partners

Halifax Regional Municipality; City of Calgary; New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure; British Columbia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure; City of Montréal; Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal; City of Edmonton; ICBC; City of Surrey

Research Agency


Project Status Detail

Work is in progress

Project Category

Traffic Operations & Management

Staff Contact


Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable road users in a transportation system.  TAC’s manuals and guidelines include an array of traffic control devices that are intended to facilitate safe crossing at crosswalks.  Rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) have recently been used in a number of North American cities to reinforce signs and markings at pedestrian crossings and could provide a cost effective method to improve pedestrian safety at crosswalks. 

RRFB are pedestrian-activated, high-intensity flashing beacons that warn drivers of the presence of a pedestrian in the crosswalk. RRFB consist of two rapidly and alternately flashed rectangular amber indications having LED-array based pulsing light sources.  RRFB have been approved as a traffic control device by the TAC Chief Engineers’ Council and it will be included in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada.

A warrant system and guidance for the use of RRFB will be needed to ensure harmonized application in Canada.  The objective of this project is to review the decision support tool for pedestrian crossing control (included in TAC’s 2012 Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide) to include RRFB as appropriate.

The final deliverable from this project will be an updated edition of the Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide.

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