Across Canada the technical practices of transportation engineering are similar, but there are still differences existing between provinces or regions with specific guidelines of practice in a variety of areas including traffic engineering, driver / vehicle regulations, the geometric design of roads, and others. Sometimes these differences can cause many challenges when establishing similar technical directions and road design needs across a country as large as ours which also has varying climates.
Geoff’s paper looks at what changes need to be made to improve Canada’s active transportation in our traditional design geometry to produce successful communities. The overall focus of the paper is the major ongoing revision to the current National Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads and the challenges faced by the team while developing this revision. Other topics touched on are the Canadian road system and ownership distribution in the country, exploring the geometric design knowledge landscape and reviews.
The report will be presented by Geoff’s co-authors at the 5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design being held in Vancouver, BC, June 22 – 24; MMM will be supporting the event as a silver sponsor. The symposium’s goal is to promote continuous improvement of highway geometric design by using the latest technologies available for effective and safe highway designs and operations.
Geoff was also the co-author on the country reports presented at the 3rd and 4th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design held in Chicago and Valencia.