Blog Description - A collection of media articles and tweets highlighting 1) the dangers of sun glare while driving, 2) the issue of shadowing due to urban development, and 3) random fun sun facts.

Blog Purpose and Disclaimer - This blog compiles and shares public interest stories in an effort to educate and raise awareness. Sources, credits and links are provided for articles and images, and it is my belief that this blog complies with the fair dealing exception in Canada's Copyright Act. However, if you wish your item removed, simply ask.

Cheers, Ralph Bouwmeester

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sun Glare and Traffic Safety – January 2018

Kudos to @ColoradoDOT for being proactive



3 crashes within 11 minutes


Driver reported being blinded by #sunglare


Truck had pulled over because of #sunglare



Driving high 


Audi SUV passed me on snow and ice-covered 2-lane highway, in a curve, across double solid line. Wonder how crashes happen?? #roadsafety

Two close calls with 18-wheelers drifting out of their lane in one  trip between Barrie and Sudbury... 1/3 #roadsafety #stayinyourlane

1) while I was passing 18-wheeler on 4-lane Hwy 400. Trucker holding some kind of map or paper. #roadsafety #stayinyourlane 2/3

2) 18-wheeler crossed Hwy 69 centerline and came straight at me. Truck lurched back into own lane. #roadsafety #stayinyourlane 3/3


Dangerous combination, #sunglare + wet roads


Visibility hampered by #sunglare


It is thought sunrise lined up with hill



Interesting observation.


In your car, or on foot, it is not good enough to have the right of way. For your safety, and that of others, make sure you have SAFE right of way. #RoadSafety #WatchForOthers

Judge: Driver not guilty in fatal pedestrian crash because he had a "momentary lapse of judgement". So much for the campaigns against distracted driving!!! Unbelievable.


Cheers, Ralph

Sun and Shade in Urban Development – January 2018

According to the article, the building would shadow much of the Oval during prime skating times in mid-winter.




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Sunset Through “Lake of Fire”

No filters.  No Photoshop.  Lucky shot.


Cheers, Ralph

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sun Glare and Traffic Safety – December 2017

Two drivers blinded by sun in Anglesey fatal collision sentenced https://t.co/zDNv0X8IEq #sunglare #roadsafety


Sun glare suspected >

Three people rushed to hospital after horror smash on Irish road https://t.co/AuOaNiN5t8 #roadsafety



Driver had green light but didn't see pedestrian due to sun glare >

President of Ramapo College strikes pedestrian with his car https://t.co/fRu8htfQjE



Sun glare to blame >

Chelsea Kindergartener, Mom Hit By Car - https://t.co/Ja3YFCM6Ez https://t.co/nfTuy8yhRP #roadsafety


Good call by @ColoradoDOT >

It was so sunny, CDOT closed a Colorado interstate https://t.co/V1hxNhBeR8 via @Coloradoan https://t.co/cLjthLqhHe


Good advice here >

Five Ways To Beat The Sun Glare On Colorado highways https://t.co/RfXulISH1M #roadsafety #sunglare


Sun glare not ruled out >

French investigators struggling to explain 2016 spy-plane crash https://t.co/ZkwsY02VLd #sunglare #crash


RT @Walk_TO: Walk Toronto's @DaniellaLevyP comments in @TorontoStar on another bad year in Toronto for pedestrian safety, and the shortcomings of Toronto's "Vision Zero" plan



Glare from the sun likely contributed >

Man struck and killed in Pleasant Grove on Christmas Day identified https://t.co/knZfqu7uxS


Cheers, Ralph

Sun and Shade in Urban Development – December 2017

Units Pitched for Everett St at Gove St Assoc https://t.co/JYbcwqavp7 #Boston #urban #development #shadow

Neighbours worried about shadowing from proposed 4-storey condo building in Boston.


Neighbors object to high-rise shadows https://t.co/wZTqPI7SEh #urban #development #shadow

Neighbours worried about shadowing from 17-storey apartment building proposed by the Trammell Crow Company in Evanston, Illinois.


Record-breaking heights in global skyscraper construction - Construction Canada https://t.co/qyyFS7LGve #urban #development

More skyscrapers (>200m tall) were built in 2017 than in any previous year – 144 worldwide, up from 127 in 2016, and almost double the 2013 figure.


Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous Sun and Shadow Items – December 2017

Nice, in 9 days (on Dec10th) the sun begins setting later in #Toronto http://www.sunposition.com/suntables/TorontoRS.html


One hour to #wintersolstice2017 - Dec 21 11:28 AM EST


Dec 21 - The good news... the days start getting longer now. #wintersolstice2017 #solstice
Cheers, Ralph

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sun Glare and Traffic Safety – November 2017

How many more times do we have to have a transport truck slam into slowing traffic before something is done?

Do transport trucks not have forward collision warning systems?? If not, they should be mandatory.


Vision Zero Street Team :: City of Edmonton https://t.co/z1L6lknrAn via @cityofedmonton

Days are getting shorter and visibility is decreasing. Great article about how to combat "The Glare" and "The Dark".


End of Daylight Saving Time means increased driving danger https://t.co/a3fNuZZSVi via @salinapost

Most articles, including this one, focus on sleep deprivation and drowsy driving. Yes, changes in sun position and sun glare are briefly mentioned, yet I believe this is a vastly overlooked contributor to crashes after the time change.


Time change increases dangerous driving https://t.co/u0yyBHFf9k via @KSNNews @AAguilarKSN

Sun glare during the morning and afternoon commutes are discussed. As is early darkness and the increased danger to pedestrians.




Sun glare in the morning >

AAA: Clock change equals a different commute come Monday via Times Leader https://t.co/w3zaWqLH9R

Warnings about sun glare in the morning and darkness on the way home.


 


Renewed call for warning lights after rail death via Haslemere Herald https://t.co/9KL67uBN7q

Senior out walking his dog may not have seen oncoming train due to low sun glare.




The 3 keys to defensive driving... anticipate, anticipate, anticipate.

RT @SunPosition: Sun glare tough in late stages at @PhoenixRaceway according to @JimmieJohnson - https://t.co/yU4J1P1s60









Cheers, Ralph