Saturday, April 7, 2012
The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/SunPosition or @SunPosition) for the month of March 2012 and many contain links to news articles.
Car hits woman carrying baby in Hilton, driver blames sun glare - http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20120321/NEWS01/303210029/Car-hits-woman-carrying-baby-Hilton
Driver hit and killed RAF officer who served as Queen's aide - but escapes jail as he was 'blinded by the sun' - http://bit.ly/H6sBZ8
Stopped car rear-ended, fiery 3-vehicle crash caused by sun glare, police say - http://bit.ly/GT5Dql
Multi-vehicle accident in Jamestown. Police: driver ran red unknowingly due to sun glare - http://bit.ly/H74NVk
Pedestrian killed in Edmonton. Witness: driver ran red, sun was low - http://bit.ly/H1g3Ay
Motorcyclist hit, pulled out in front of car, authorities believe sun glare played role - http://wabi.tv/am59
Wrong-way bicyclist killed on Balboa Avenue in San Diego, driver cites sun glare - http://bit.ly/GM4nXf
NTSB: Lack of fuel, sun glare contribute to fatal accident - http://www.generalaviationnews.com?p=58956
Two separate crashes in Salina early today, drivers report being blinded by sun - http://bit.ly/GNpk3j
Woman, infant struck from behind by vehicle in Hilton, driver cites sun glare - http://shar.es/p4a5A
Van crashes into parked trailer, police say sun glare to blame - http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/hingham/2012/03/hingham_scanner_tales_three_ta.html
Aurora firefighter killed riding bike to work, driver didn't see him or traffic light due to sun glare: CBS Denver - http://cbsloc.al/GBwdHD
Concern raised in pedestrian/ auto collisions in Las Vegas - http://www.lasvegassun.com/videos/2012/mar/15/6458/ podestrians, sun glare, all possibilities
Sun glare cited in fatal Long Island accident - http://on.wsj.com/zFRlfq
Another case of pedestrian hit by left-turning car, driver 's vision impaired by sun glare, this time in Jamestown - http://bit.ly/y37cVI
Police: Sun glare an issue when man in motorized wheelchair killed by turning truck in Wichita - http://bit.ly/yxfP39
Five hurt when truck hits buggy in Lancaster PA, sun glare likely caused the wreck - http://bit.ly/xl736Q
2 pedestrian fatalities in Lethbridge 1 hour apart, both involve sun glare and turning vehicles - http://bit.ly/zJv7XJ
Drivers, be extra careful turning while hampered by sun glare > Handicapped man on scooter killed in Wichita - http://bit.ly/AEJJN1
RT @CityNews: RT @sangita_patel: Drive safe. The Monday after Daylight Saving time, stats show there is an increase in accidents. Bring the umbrella!
After the time change, sunrise and sunset will occur an hour later. Drivers, be prepared for unfamiliar sun conditions week of Mar 12.
Drivers, be careful week of Mar 12 - after time change sun won't be where you were used to it being - http://bit.ly/xNTrbM
RT @AmberTraffic: Spring forward your clocks 1 hour before bed. PS- the clock change affects drivers in wacky ways. Careful next week!
Drivers, what to watch for after the time change - http://bit.ly/xNTrbM
Ottawa commuters, after time change be extra cautious first and last hour of daylight - week of Mar 12 before +/-8:15 am and after 6:10 pm.
Toronto commuters, after time change be extra cautious first and last hour of daylight - week of Mar 12 before +/-8:30 am and after 6:20 pm.
Drivers, be extra cautious after time change - especially during first and last hour of daylight - sun won't be where you were used to it being.
'Spring' your clocks ahead 1 hour at bedtime Saturday Mar 10. Official time change 2 am Sunday Mar 11.
Time Change and Driving - http://sunposition-ralphb.blogspot.com/2012/03/time-change-and-driving.html?spref=tw
Sun Glare Blamed In Omaha Pedestrian Crash - http://on.msnbc.com/weVhEp
Elderly tend to be affected more by sun glare > Blinded by sun, driver runs into parked car in Milwaukie OR - http://bit.ly/zULQJc
Not sure how sun glare factored into this one > Pedestrian struck, injured - http://Omaha.com: http://bit.ly/zgpOJB
Sadly even school buses can be hard to see if sun glare is bad enough, morning crash with school bus in Farmington NY - http://bit.ly/wCM5pD
Ottawa drivers, beware of low sun week of Mar 5, w/b 417, Bayshore to Moodie, after 4:55 pm.
Bikers, when the sun is at your back, anticipate cars turning left in front of you… especially within an hour of sunrise and sunset - http://bit.ly/y3Ay8I
Bikers must be extra cautious when sun is behind them > Another fatality due to left-turning car, this time in Grand Prairie TX - http://bit.ly/y3Ay8I
Toronto drivers, be prepared for low sun week of Mar 5 w/b Gardiner, Park Lawn to 427, +/- 5:15 pm.
Sun blindness is a hazard for bicyclists this time of year - http://noconow.co/ybS91I
"@SafeDriver: Ever made a blind left turn in front of another driver...?" A lot of these crashes involve low sun blinding the left turner.
RT @DRIVESMARTVA: NTSB member says hand-held only ban gives a false sense of security. The issue is in the cognitive distraction that cell phone use causes.
Buses, Bikes and Cars: Keeping Children Safe - http://bit.ly/H5C99n
Who's to blame? A special report on pedestrian accidents in Mississauga - http://bit.ly/yI7NzP
Daylight Time blamed, girl hit by school bus in the dark. This has always been one of the fears of the time change - http://bit.ly/xbXdcf
Crashes allegedly due to icy road in shade of noise barrier > Bypass back open after numerous accidents in South Bend IN - http://bit.ly/AzjzZt
Great story about our dedicated police, fire and EMS > Woman trapped in crushed SUV meets her rescuers - http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TorontoNewHome/20120322/woman-meets-firefighters-rescue-120322/
Good control by camera car "@T_Burrows: OMG...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f00cPOWpu4c&sns=tw Drive carefully folks...you never know."
Sun Glare While Driving - Feb 2012 - http://sunposition-ralphb.blogspot.com/2012/03/sun-glare-while-driving-feb-2012.html?spref=tw
The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, specific projects, and sun/shade issues. They were derived from our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/SunPosition or @SunPosition) for the month of March 2012 and most contain links to news articles.
Public in the dark on high-rise plans: Eastern Courier Messenger - http://bit.ly/HcHryF
Sydney city railway stations could support massive high-rise developments, inquiry hears - http://bit.ly/HcFFxe
Community still motivated as dispute over quarry lands wears on in Scarborough - http://bit.ly/GPkiPw
ARCHITECTURE MATTERS: House design that’s perfect for all seasons http://www.fltimes.com/arts_and_entertainment/article_bc0ca354-74f6-11e1-b690-001871e3ce6c.html#.T2zDW4DdPoQ.twitter
York Region Article: Richmond Hill high-rise projects panned by residents - http://bit.ly/GKdcBY
High-rise construction expected to increase around Washington - http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2012/03/high-rise-construction-expected-to.html?ana=twt
B.C. plans 10-storey high-rise made from engineered wood - http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/plans+storey+highrise+made+from+engineered+wood/6344736/story.html
Banks Tighten Condo Lending Amid Bubble Fears - http://bloom.bg/GI9mJr
Exactly why would Guelph want high-rises? - http://bit.ly/GRPlh8
Sunlight at stake in Greenway developments. Latest building project stepped-back for more light - http://bit.ly/FPMmb4
Condo conundrum in Montreal, high-rises are going where they shouldn’t, affecting life and soul of city - http://bit.ly/ynx1oz
Don’t block my views: Dalhousie Gazette - http://bit.ly/yRV78K Skye Halifax
Las Vegas climate and hot sun beg for innovative designs, especially shade structures - http://bit.ly/AFh1oz
St. Kilda high-rise halted: Port Phillip Leader - http://bit.ly/zIfSbk
NIMBYism in High Park? - http://shar.es/pfr1S
Guelph student high-rise off to OMB in April - http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news/student-high-rise-off-to-omb-in-april/
Can wooden skyscrapers transform concrete jungles? - http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/15/tech/eco-wood-skyscrapers/index.html
Ashby high-rise developers: 'Good projects always get built' - http://bit.ly/w29HCV
Decision reversed to allow 19-storey residential towers on one of largest industrial sites in Sydney NSW - http://bit.ly/wyH5nL
RT @landpolicy: Street story: how planners mucked up, then attempted to fix, one thoroughfare in Utrecht, Netherlands - http://bit.ly/wSGuyu
Curious to know how 60 storeys equates to 1,070 feet > Plans revamped for San Francisco's tallest skyscraper - http://bit.ly/ymdPBV
The newest addition to the Milwaukee skyline, the 30-storey Moderne - http://bit.ly/zyK8B2
Civic neighbourhood addresses traffic, development concerns - http://www.emcbarrhaven.ca/20120308/news/Civic+neighbourhood+addresses+traffic,+development+concerns#.T1jE7WanCqM.twitter
Chinese company builds 30-storey building in 15 days - http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/03/chinese-building-15-days.html
Downtown Kelowna high-rise gets another approval - http://shar.es/gUou1
Toronto’s Aura tower tallest residential skyscraper in Canada - http://bit.ly/AyllvP
Lines drawn on high-rise proposal in Guelph - http://bit.ly/wKjVtn
Proposed 300-foot Seattle tower bugs neighbors, building would be tallest in First Hill - http://bit.ly/zVcZu0
RT @mintocondos: A neat little video showing all the green features we stuffed into 30 Roehampton - http://ow.ly/9qh0K
Sears departure means unloved Vancouver site could get a facelift - http://bit.ly/w2OD4l
Concern many neighbouring homes in shadow > Downtown Guelph condo project to be subject of public meeting - http://bit.ly/xTfh1e
@KnibbDesign Wonder what they would do in the land of the midnight sun?
@KnibbDesign Not sure if the Dubai cleric will buy it, but official times of sunrise and sunset are for an observer at sea level.
That's some shadow. RT @KnibbDesign: For the tallest building in the world, time bends. And check that shadow! - http://architectureforguerillas.blogspot.com/2011/08/of-buildings-and-time-perception.html
3 high-rises 57, 42 and 32-storeys > Loretto development in Niagara Falls passes hurdle - http://bit.ly/zkI9MH
Kelowna council asked to approve one high-rise downtown and reject two others. http://bit.ly/zMO8ek
ANC6B working group delays Washington height issue pending shadow study - http://wp.me/p1dwqc-nX
Vancouver speakers oppose Rize high-rise proposal - http://bit.ly/yrpZeL
Plans to outlaw front garages and boost trees will cost homeowners in Calgary - http://bit.ly/Ad9gs4
RT @RaymondBowe: Barrie condo developer in legal hot water. Claim says ‘The West’ builder not paying bills. http://goo.gl/n8ndV