TAC Approves Third Edition of Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Chief Engineers’ Council of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) has approved the third edition of the Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide to replace the second edition published in 2012.

The new edition resulted from a project developed under the auspices of the Traffic Operations and Management Standing Committee. Its objective was to develop a warrant system and guidance for the implementation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) in Canada, and to incorporate the information in the revised edition. RRFBs are pedestrian-activated, high-intensity flashing beacons that warn drivers of the presence of a pedestrian in the crosswalk. This traffic control device provides a cost effective method to improve pedestrian safety.

The new edition also contains other primary updates including the development of a new pedestrian crosswalk treatment system, considerations for specific environments, geometric design components for enhancing pedestrian crossing locations, as well as updates to the preliminary assessment methodology and treatment selection matrix.

The Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide promotes uniformity across Canada in how pedestrian crossing control is provided. Information about RRFBs will also be added to TAC’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada

The Guide is intended for use by practitioners involved in the design, operation, and maintenance of the road system, and can also be used by educators and students in transportation-related disciplines. 

MORR Consulting Ltd. completed the research for this project. Funding partners included: British Columbia Transportation and Infrastructure; New Brunswick Transportation and Infrastructure; Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal; Halifax Regional Municipality; ICBC, and the cities of Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal and Surrey.

A notice will be posted on TAC’s home page as soon as this publication becomes available. For comments or questions, contact Luay Mustafa, Project Manager.