US traffic control device standards get long-awaited update

Better protection for cyclists and pedestrians, and adaptations for EVs and autonomous vehicles, are in the Transportation Department’s first major update to the standards since 2009.

Dive Brief:
The Federal Highway Administration today issued a long-awaited update to the federal regulations governing traffic signs, signals and other roadway markings. The rule will take effect Jan. 18, 2024, and states must adopt the new standards within two years from the effective date.

The new regulations include improvements for vulnerable road users — including pedestrians and bicyclists — such as rapid-flashing beacons that pedestrians can activate at marked crosswalks and green-colored pavement for bicycle lanes.

“The new edition of this important transportation tool reflects how transportation has changed and continues to change,” said FHWA Administrator Shailen Bhatt in a YouTube video.

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