TAC launches project on non-standard pavement markings for crosswalks

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Public discussions around crosswalk pavement markings that use non-standard colours and designs (such as rainbow crosswalks) have led to questions about their impacts on pedestrian and driver safety. The Transportation Association of Canada’s (TAC) Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada does not provide guidance on the safe use of non-standard crosswalk markings.

To support evidence-based decisions by transportation professionals, TAC has launched a new project to investigate the impacts of non-standard crosswalk pavement markings on:

  • Driver perception and recognition
  • Driver and pedestrian distraction
  • Slip and skid resistance
  • Recognition by automated driving systems

This project was initiated by TAC’s Traffic Operations & Management Committee and is supported by financial contributions from 14 partner organizations including the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers, City of Calgary, City of London, City of Mississauga, City of Moncton, City of Ottawa, Halifax Regional Municipality, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Ministère des Transports du Québec, New Brunswick Transportation and Infrastructure, Newfoundland and Labrador Transportation and Works, Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Active Transit, Ville de Montréal, and Yukon Highways and Public Works.

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