Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sun Glare While Driving - April 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 April 2012 and many contain links to news articles.

Texting while driving plus sun glare, deadly > Third person dies after buggy crash - http://bit.ly/IXvn44

Sun to Blame for Truck Crash on 590 - YNN, Your News Now - http://shar.es/rQiEH

‏RT @ReconGeni: Hi! Anyone have an opinion: Can you "explain the high number of traffic #collisions in the past few days? The weather has been decent."
@ReconGeni: Is there a pattern in terms of time of day and travel direction?
‏@ReconGeni: @SunPosition Yes, they are factors. I've noted collisions involving visibility issues re: sunrise/sunset angles & veh direction
@ReconGeni: Interesting. Plus, cool temps and low humidity add to sun glare intensity near sunrise/sunset.

Sudbury OPP: People let their guard down in nice weather, sun may be factor in Hwy 17 fatality near Markstay - http://bit.ly/HVcrUh

Therefore, not accidents. "@CP24: Alcohol cited as a factor in two GTA accidents - http://bit.ly/HHMhrq"

Buckle up! Don't be a deadly projectile to others in your car. RT @OPP_News: OPP LAUNCHING SEATBELT CAMPAIGN - http://bit.ly/HLG5bW

Pedestrian struck in crosswalk in Fall River. Police: Sun glare was an issue - http://bit.ly/IFEiZB

Just because a driver has passed the required vision test may not mean he or she is safe to drive - http://bit.ly/IpwifJ

Carleton University engineering students develop bicycle crash-test dummy - http://yhoo.it/HyaNeN

Distracted driving video "The Last Text" - http://bit.ly/ab1HPD

Distracted driving is deadly driving - http://bit.ly/HthwWE


This poor guy did the right thing reaching for his sun visor, but car leaves road and crashes - http://bit.ly/HwwHga

Utah teen killed in crosswalk, driver had trouble seeing because of glare from setting sun - http://bit.ly/HTEIKD

Ottawa researchers at Carleton and Algonquin make crash test dummy for bikes - http://bit.ly/I65FMB

Thanks "@ReconGeni: Pls consider #FF @PC99900 @YoungDrivers @youthinpolicing @CarletonSafety @IJOSM @SunPosition @SusanFisherD23"

RT ‏@ReconGeni: Great tip @SafetyGearNews MT: when jogging/cycling at sunrise/sunset wear bright clothing: wear NEON! Dark clothing hard 2c in blinding sun

You too. Looking forward to following your posts. "@ReconGeni: @SunPosition Thanks for following back. Have a good night."

Sun possible factor in deadly crash near Brownfield - Police: Morning sun for e/b traffic can blind you quickly - http://bit.ly/HfpH8X

Bobby Petrino returns to Arkansas practice after motorcycle crash. Recalls concern about sun in eyes - http://usat.ly/I0McsA

Driver in Fatal Bicycle Accident Said Sun's Glare Played a Factor - http://bit.ly/HgZ0By

SUV crashes into parked school bus in Mission Valley, police say glare from sun impaired driver's vision - http://bit.ly/HfBrXQ

Pedestrian hit & killed trying to catch bus in Mesa, driver’s vision possibly obscured by sun - http://bit.ly/HK8j7X

Driver blinded by sun, police investigate car v. school bus crash - http://on.wlbz2.com/HctNNE

Sun behind you can be problem too, car crash with school bus due to sun in rear-view mirror - http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/03/car_crashes_with_hamilton_scho.html

Police advising drivers of visibility problems caused by sun after 2 crashes with school buses in 2 days - http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/03/car_crashes_with_hamilton_scho.html

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development - April 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 April 2012 and most contain links to news articles.

Smart Growth News - April 26, 2012 - http://bit.ly/JDqykm

More high-rise action, and concerns, in Guelph - http://bit.ly/JsJLBw

Wow, sounds serious > Stop Ashby High Rise group lays out plans to deter construction: We've only begun to fight - http://bit.ly/JzoPMJ

Toronto's Aura is taller, 78 stys 273m > New York by Gehry is "tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere" - http://bit.ly/IvZOyQ

Residents worried about shadows of Abbotsford's tallest tower - Vancouver Sun - http://bit.ly/HQCsUQ

Architect aims high with condo proposal in Edmonton - http://bit.ly/HvECXu

New height restrictions to keep Moscow’s historic skyline in view - http://bit.ly/Hw25eY

The Price of Height & Light - fantastic graphic showing cost to move up each floor in a NYC high-rise - http://bit.ly/Hw1Gt2

High-rise residential development is about to help transform the northern gateway into London - http://bit.ly/IxCb9U

RT ‏@pffox: #CRE Second most opposed land use in the US is... Casinos which are opposed by 77% of Americans - http://ow.ly/jTfx

Ashby high rise fight is over: Neighbors and developer agree on 78-story tower in Houston - http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/04-01-12-april-fools-ashby-high-rise-neighbors-and-developer-agree-on-78-story-tower/

RT ‏@CityzenGroup: 15 Toronto architectural gems under threat - via Now Magazine: http://ow.ly/9Z10a

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items - April 2012

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments.  They were derived from our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/SunPosition or @SunPosition) for the month of April 2012 and some contain links to news articles.

Honeybees signal the direction of food in relation to the position of the sun - http://on.msnbc.com/JBLG57

Who would have thought the sun had something to do with it > Titanic’s sinking: Was it more than human folly - http://bit.ly/HLgoeZ

RT ‏@SunlightSolar: A great, short video on how solar works! - http://fb.me/YlwSG6xQ

Huh. Toronto sunrise/sunset about 15 minutes later than Ottawa.

Ottawa sunrise/sunset times for April 2012 - http://bit.ly/gFlCSN

Toronto sunrise/sunset times for April 2012 - http://bit.ly/fF07Rr

Our April 2012 sunrise/sunset tables have been posted - http://bit.ly/hKSt7d

Over 13 hrs of sun in Toronto beginning April 6.

Over 13 hrs of sun in Ottawa beginning April 5.

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous Tweets - April 2012

The following are miscellaneous comments and news stories.  They were derived from our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/SunPosition or @SunPosition) for the month of April 2012.
 
Think I heard a tweet. Baby cardinal hatched today Apr 27.

Congrats @JLupul > Leafs' Lupul finalist for Masterton - Toronto Sun - http://bit.ly/IBujn1

Thanks @TheTorontoSun for the great photo of @TorontoPolice - http://yfrog.com/kj25uqokj

And their odds at Christmas to make the playoffs was 75%. RT @MapleLeafs: The Leafs odds to win the 2012 @NHL Draft Lottery sit at 8.1%

Cheers, Ralph