In absence of a comprehensive Canadian reference document, Canadian practitioners have been using road safety engineering guideline documents published by various international organizations, developed to suit their respective environments and operating conditions. Despite the best efforts to adopt or adjust those guidelines to the Canadian context, there appear to be inconsistencies in application and road safety engineering practices that may cause inappropriate decision making on road safety matters and thus, result in undue costs and unintended operational issues.
There is a need for a comprehensive road safety engineering reference document to address unique Canadian climate conditions, roadway network characteristics, vehicle fleet and road users’ expectations as well as to complement geometric design and traffic operation practices recommended in the Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada.
Largely through volunteer efforts, the Canadian Road Safety Engineering Handbook is being developed as the primary reference for road safety engineering in Canada. It is intended to identify, define and share good practices in road safety engineering in order to assist Canadian road authorities and road safety engineering practitioners in providing service to the public and addressing road safety issues at the local level. The Handbook is envisioned as a series of publications to address specific subjects as follows:
|No.||Subject / Publication||Status|
|1||Road Safety Engineering Management Guide||Published (2009)|
|2||Canadian Road Safety Audit Guide||Published (2001)|
|3||Canadian Guide to In-Service Road Safety Reviews||Published (2004)|
|4||Rural Road Safety Engineering||In development
|5||Urban Road Safety Engineering||In development
|6||Speed Management Guide||Published (2016)|
|7||Access Management||To be developed|
|8||Road Safety Engineering in Transportation Planning||To be developed|
|9||Applied Human Factors in Road Safety Guide||Published (2013)|
|10||Guidelines for Network Screening of Crash Prone Locations||Published (2011)|
Development of components of the Canadian Road Safety Engineering Handbook has been ongoing for almost two decades and a few outstanding major topics must be addressed to ensure comprehensive guidance is provided. Furthermore, some of the earliest publications in the Handbook series are over ten years old and require updating to recognize rapidly advancing industry research and the state-of-practice tools.
To that end, a scoping study is proposed to determine the extent of work that is required to update and complete the Handbook. As part of the study, a strategy regarding implementation of the completed Handbook will be recommended.
Key tasks to accomplish the project will include:
The major deliverable will be a report documenting the work with recommendations for the extent of effort and suggested methodology to complete the Canadian Road Safety Engineering Handbook in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.