Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sun Glare While Driving - May 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).

23x more likely to be in traffic accident if you text while driving. Eyes on road, not your phone - http://bit.ly/LNKv3z 

Well, sunny day may have had something to do with it > How did two planes collide on sunny day? - http://bit.ly/Lj5MDB 

Temporary blinding by reflected sun glare, not direct sunlight, could have led to fatal crash in UK - http://bit.ly/LN9KqP 

Pedestrians, make sure drivers can see you before you cross, especially if drivers are fighting sun glare - http://bit.ly/Lir2tl 

Shaded section of road remains damp > Warning of A18's hidden dangers after fatal collision on notorious stretch - http://bit.ly/KHUOc2 

Hey drivers, follow the rules — but don’t be too darned nice: The Chronicle Herald - http://bit.ly/MVcmEF 

Watch for construction material and equipment on roads. Another crash involving sun glare - http://bit.ly/KZM1Rw 

Sun glare prevented driver from seeing pile of gravel on road > School Bus Hits House - http://bit.ly/LyTHME 

4 kids hurt after Buffalo school bus crash. Spokeswoman: Driver may have been blinded by the sun - http://bit.ly/KCEc26 

Interesting. Sun glare is referred to as "sun strike" in certain parts of the world - http://bit.ly/JDjtAW 

School bus strikes two teens near Mount Olive High; police blame glare - @dailyrecord - http://dailyre.co/K0QcNr 

Police: Glare from setting sun may have contributed. Pedestrian injured in SE collision - CTV Calgary - http://bit.ly/K0OFqO

Windshield condensation and sun glare combine to cause car to ram school bus in Flagler, Florida - @FlaglerLive - http://bit.ly/KlFLB6 

It's amazing how many sun-glare-related car crashes occur during left and right turns. 

Tulsa Police: Driver Blames Sun For Crash On 46th Street North - http://bit.ly/JzXGe3 

Police: Sun glare blamed in school bus crash that injured 2 teens in Mount Olive - @dailyrecord - http://dailyre.co/JzXxax 

Reporter experiences ‘removing the car from around the person’ - Chicago Sun Times - http://bit.ly/Jutyk1 

EMTs warn about the dangers of impaired driving - Edmonton Sun - http://bit.ly/Juth0v 

National Road Safety Week - If your car's shadow stretches toward a pedestrian, assume they cannot see you. 

Early morning sun glare main factor > No charges will be filed in death of Marysville 9-year-old - http://bit.ly/JDXwhY 

RT @OPP_News: Police Week in Ontario: May 13 - 19, 2012 Leading the Way to a Safer Tomorrow http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=405&nid=804 

RT @OPP_News: Ontario Provincial Police supports Canada Road Safety Week http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=405&nid=806 

Drivers, beware of sun glare esp within an hr of sunrise/set > Bicyclist dies after being hit by car - http://bit.ly/LdCTcZ 

Better know facts b4 claiming sun in eyes > Trial: Driver 'had enough distance to stop before crushing car' - http://bit.ly/JfsMSM 

Good point. "@SafeDriver: Beautiful day outside...with all this sun, do you have fashion sense or common sense? http://bit.ly/bRadmM" 

Another traffic collision involving a left turn and sun glare - Springfield Sun - http://bit.ly/K0GFIP 

Sun glare blamed > Parents want sheriff's deputy held responsible for son's death - http://bit.ly/IAbunG 

Tragic, but no charges laid as sun glare blamed > Family of child killed in 2011 sues East Palo Alto - http://bit.ly/JZaqd3 

Seriously?? > Driver admits to crashing into Slidell city court; blames the sun (video) - http://bit.ly/IMaDxm 

How can one drive into the back of a stopped school bus?? > Fatal crash investigation continues - http://bit.ly/IsRaiT 

Older drivers more vulnerable when making left turns - http://thesent.nl/JSHALl
Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development - May 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).
Kennedys and Pelli's firm unveil plans for three-tower riverfront complex in Chicago - http://bit.ly/KTFgmh 

6 new towers up to 850' high > Planners OK environmental plan for high-rise downtown neighborhood in San Francisco - http://bit.ly/Ko64K9 

Great Scott condo! Concert Properties splashes into Financial District with 88 Scott - @TorontoStar - http://bit.ly/Ko5agG 

Street Smarts: High on high-rises in Richmond Hill - National Post - http://bit.ly/KlGbaT 

Montreal-based Ivanhoe Cambridge: New money behind plan to build Lake-Canal tower on spec - Chicago Sun Times - http://bit.ly/JeJ1UT 

MT @planetizen: Here's our annual list of the Top10 best planning, design, and development websites @ http://ow.ly/aW4q6 

Domicile Developments hope its new condo will spark renaissance of Beechwood Village - @OttawaCitizen - http://bit.ly/LOITZY 

Toronto vs Vancouver: Which will have the highest house prices in a decade? - @TorontoStar - http://bit.ly/JDYdI5 

Vaughan developer examines Hwy 7 high-rises - http://YorkRegion.com - http://bit.ly/IAUXMo 

Ottawa can grow without getting too high - Ottawa Citizen - http://bit.ly/IPbJwf 

Top 10 Tallest Residential Buildings - http://bit.ly/IPbwZV 

RT @HelloContext: Why Cities Need More Central Parks: http://bit.ly/JZ0iAZ 

Trend to slash high-rise electric bills sweeps industry - Clean Energy News - http://bit.ly/J3zZFg 

Proper planning might have helped > Reflections Off Skyscraper in Dallas Destroying Works of Art - http://gizmo.do/IEyrDe 

Plan unveiled for Ottawa’s tallest building - http://bit.ly/JMvQ9s 

Proposal casts shadow on Rosedale, residents upset by condo development planned for Bloor Street East - http://bit.ly/JSGNKh 

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items - May 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). 

Cool photo of Manhattanhenge. Twice yearly the sun sets into canyons created by New York City's high-rises - http://bit.ly/KHXHtr 

Wonder if it's due to sun and heat?? RT @CTVToronto: Downtown Toronto road closed after glass fell from high-rise: http://goo.gl/ttvE0 

Crazy sun/shade problems in Jays game in Texas this aft. Helped Jays take the lead in 13th, but Rangers came back to win 8-7. 

Nice!! Toronto will receive 15+ hours of daylight starting today May 23 thru to July 18th. Almost 2 months. Beautiful. 

NASA reports that Toronto will experience a partial solar eclipse (+/- 10%) near sunset on Sunday May 20 - http://bit.ly/K0PEav 

RT @OttawaCitizen: A rare “annular” solar eclipse treks across Western states on Sunday, astronomers report: http://bit.ly/JIgs2J 

Ottawa has 15+ hrs of daylight starting today May 18th until July 24th. More than 2 months, nice! 

Hey Ottawa. UV peaks around 12:59 pm this week. Weather looks great. 

Hey Toronto. Good looking week ahead. UV peaks around 1:14 pm. 

Sun's rays light Olympic torch > Olympia torch lighting starts London countdown http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSLNE84B00220120512?irpc=932 

Great shot! "@ottawastart: Here's an awesome sunset photo RT @geekingirl: At Esprit on the Ottawa River. http://instagr.am/p/KRC9yQnpGd/" 

Our sunrise/sunset tables are posted here - http://bit.ly/puJ3Fr 

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous Tweets - May 2012

The following are miscellaneous comments and news stories.  They were derived from our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/SunPosition or @SunPosition).

Not fun being on the block. MT @DarrenDreger: Iginla trade rumours will heat up. Bouwmeester on the block?
‏> @DarrenDreger: @SunPosition Related?
> @DarrenDreger Not sure, but I like to think yes lol. My dad had family immigrate to Alberta in the 50's and there's family resemblance.

When @keselowski was penalized for 'too fast exiting' I misread it to read 'too fast texting' lol.

MT ‏@ReconGeni: At 120mph a Formula 1 racecar generates so much downforce that it can drive upside down on the roof of a tunnel. Thx @OMGFactsSports

RT Khit@KJ91990 : Clearly jlo doesn't know who Mumford and sons are ha-ha. Loved that song tho

Or The Wilderness of Manitoba or Fleet Foxes. MT @KJ91990: Clearly jlo doesn't know who Mumford and Sons are ha-ha.

Finally, the other side of the story! > Police under attack - the flip side of G20 misconduct - http://bit.ly/Ks5yb4 

RT @cmedik: RT @Media371: Paramedics play a vital role in healthcare & public safety. May 20th-May 26th is ... http://m.tmi.me/qihFF

Be safe in the water this long weekend. Don't drink and dive.

RT ‏@blawrie13: Seems as though my teammates r .. Umm.. Lettin it eat .. Must be a good luck charm up here in the Suite level ..
> @blawrie13 With all the homeruns you'd think the boys are trying to hit you ha-ha.

Ontario engineering teams lauded - Construction Canada - http://bit.ly/Jwmnb6 

RT ‏@T_Burrows: EMS friends...look out for this one! RT @gfriese: Still time to register for the first ever online EMS Conference. http://emswebsummit.com/ 

FYI @Curt1sPartr1dge. RT @T_Burrows: EMS friends...look out for this one! RT @gfriese: Still time to register for ... http://m.tmi.me/pVFTb 

RT ‏@TweeetLorraine: Think anyone will believe if I run over my neighbour's leaf blower, it was an accident?
> @TweeetLorraine In your driveway yes, in the middle of his yard likely no, especially if he's holding it.
‏> @TweeetLorraine: @SunPosition Damn. I'm dying to tell her: "Brooms. Not just for transportation!" 



RT ‏@ReconGeni: interesting view MT @stacylbalzen: 'Never be afraid to do something new. Remember amateurs built the ark, professionals built the titanic'
> @ReconGeni @stacylbalzen Yes, but the amateurs clearly had a better foreman.
> @ReconGeni: @SunPosition  ;o) 

Bamboo turbine turns wind into light - Gizmag - http://bit.ly/KzHsvV 

Cheers, Ralph