Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons Will Be Added in MUTCDC

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) has approved the addition of rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) as a pedestrian crossing control device in its Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada (MUTCDC).

These installations, mounted at marked and signed crosswalks and roundabouts, warn drivers of the presence of a pedestrian in the crosswalk.  The device consists of two rapidly and alternately flashed rectangular amber indications with LED-array based pulsing light sources.  

The addition of the RRFB was made possible through a volunteer project conducted under the auspices of the Traffic Operations and Management Standing Committee. A report will soon be available through the TAC Library.

MUTCDC updates will be prepared by the Editing and Publication Subcommittee. A release date is yet to be determined.

Funding Sought for Decision Support Tool

Funding is also being sought to develop a warrant system and guidance for the use of RRFB to ensure harmonized application across Canada.  The objective of this project will be to review the decision support tool for pedestrian crossing control included in TAC’s 2012 Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide.

Organizations interested in participating in this project may contact Sarah Wells at



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