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Types of Traffic Cones

The Types Of Traffic Cones

There are many different types of Traffic Cones or Safety Cones. Like other products that people use daily, there are different types and models. The main purpose of Traffic Cones is to temporarily redirect vehicular or pedestrian traffic as well as a caution device.

Different Types of Cones

When needing to purchase, you will have options for the type of traffic cones available for you to choose from. Bright Orange is the color that most people associate with Traffic Cones but they can also come in other colors like pink, yellow, green and blue. The colors need to be bright to be visible to warn oncoming traffic.

Cones range in size as well and come in sizes from 12 inches to 36 inches in height. The size of the cone needed can be determined by the function or placement of the cone. Larger cones are needed in high-speed areas like highways to give the driver time to see them.

Another choice you will have is whether or not the cones come with reflective collars for increased visibility. Depending on the size of the cone, you may have either 1 or 2 reflective collar options available to you.

Cone Materials

Due to the nature of the uses of cones, they are usually lightweight and flexible. Our Traffic Cones are made from top quality materials, including recycled black PVC and new material where appropriate. One-piece cones that are solid orange are also available and are perfect for sporting events and crowd control.

Cone Accessories

With visibility being important, there are accessories that can be added to all types of traffic cones to improve it. Cone toppers, reflective collars, as well as cone, bars all improve the visibility and safety that a traffic cone provides.

Usage Guidelines

The design, materials, and size are normally mandated by local or federal laws. In the United States, this is EN 13422:2004 + A1:2009. This includes road signs as well as portable warning devices like traffic cones. This law is an international regulation and is used in many countries. In Canada, the guidelines are determined by the province. British Columbia’s guidelines are here.

Additionally, federal guidelines in the United States are spelled out in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the document that governs road markers. Some of the provisions include visibility requirements, such as the necessity for road markers to be more visible during the night through color and reflective strip use. This document is available here:

Our road cones are MUTCD Compliant and are extreme weather-resistant to stand up in most conditions. Cones are covered by a 2-year warranty against manufacturers’ flaws or defects.


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