Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sun Glare While Driving - Mar 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.


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.


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.

RT @wolftechnical: I uploaded a @YouTube video http://youtu.be/_kPM-VtMBo8?a Multi-vehicle crash

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."


Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development - Mar 2012


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


York Region Article: Richmond Hill high-rise projects panned by residents - http://bit.ly/GKdcBY



Banks Tighten Condo Lending Amid Bubble Fears - http://bloom.bg/GI9mJr

Exactly why would Guelph want high-rises? - http://bit.ly/GRPlh8

RT ‏@CityzenGroup: Skyscrapers made out of wood? @MLOrganizer - http://ow.ly/9Ophv

Sunlight at stake in Greenway developments. Latest building project stepped-back for more light - http://bit.ly/FPMmb4

RT ‏@landpolicy: Tools to help cities and towns guide green development - http://bit.ly/FQDMCF

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

RT ‏@NewHomeBuyers: New High Rise Guidelines coming Soon? - http://bit.ly/Adxafy


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

RT @NewHomeBuyers: Say goodbye to another above ground parking lot - http://bit.ly/yGEaIC

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

RT ‏@NewHomeBuyers: Empire makes a Yorkville Play! - http://bit.ly/ysRBRr

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

Cheers, Ralph