Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sun Glare While Driving – September 2016

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Seeing a dog hang out a car window is cute. Jumping out, not so much. Happened right in front of me. Seemed to be OK.

RT Cellino & Barnes @Cellino_Barnes Sun glare may have been a factor in NYC accident where ferry struck kayakers 

This image made from a video provided by WABC-TV shows kayakers being rescued on the Hudson River, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, on the west side of Manhattan. New York authorities say multiple kayakers were injured when they were hit by a ferry on the river on Tuesday. (WABC-TV via AP)

“Authorities are looking into whether sun glare was a factor in an accident in which a ferry departing a pier slammed into a group of kayakers, critically injuring one and knocking some into the Hudson River.

Ten people in eight kayaks were paddling down the river on Tuesday evening on a sunset excursion when they were struck by a NY Waterway ferry, New York Police Department Inspector David Driscoll said.”…

“Authorities don't know what caused the crash but said they were investigating whether sun glare played a role.

"When you're driving the same thing happens," Driscoll said. "When that sun is low in the sky you get a glare condition, and where you get blinded on the road sometimes the same conditions could exist on the water."”…


Police: Sun glare likely cause for Orange County crash as teenage driver was adjusting visor >

…”A two-car accident on Route 17K in the Town of Montgomery on Monday morning claimed the life of an 87-year-old man. He was identified as George Gisselbrecht of Salisbury Mills, who was a passenger in a car driven by his wife, Mary, 85. She was listed in Critical Condition at Westchester Medical Center.

The accident, just before 6:30 p.m., when a 16-year-old female, driving in the opposite direction near Berea Road, drifted into the opposite lane and crashed into the other vehicle. She was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill and listed in stable condition.

Police are listing sun glare as likely cause for the crash as the teenage driver was adjusting her visor.”

MidHudson News - https://t.co/DW6dHcvlNp

Watch for school buses and excited kids on their way back to school. They will be out during low morning sun.

RT planetizen @planetizen How U.S Road Safety Compares to Other Countries

“The Economist follows on recent news about a jump in traffic fatalities around the United States to offer some international perspective: "By most counts America has the worst road-safety record in the rich world."”…


Inquest hears Westport cyclist's death was instant - Verdict: accidental death | The Mayo News

…“The inquest into his death heard that the driver of the vehicle, Nicola O’Rourke was blinded by the glare of the sun and did not see Mr Walsh before the collision which occurred at approximately 11.30am.”…

“Ms O’Rourke told the inquest she had been travelling from Westport with her son, Oisín, and she remembered taking a bend and being ‘completely blinded by the sun’.”…

“Garda Denis Egan arrived on the scene around 11.57am and noticed a strong glare from the sun. At 12.55pm, Dr Jerry Cowley pronounced Mr Walsh dead.

A test for alcohol that was performed on Ms O’Rourke proved negative.

Audrey Ní Fhearghail, who came on the scene, said that while driving she had to put on her sunglasses because of the glare of the sun.”…


Time of year for low sun on E/W streets >

Carbondale church-goer killed by neighbor's car | The Times-Tribune

“A 66-year-old woman on her way to church died Tuesday morning in Carbondale after a car driven by her neighbor struck her in a crosswalk.

Elizabeth Ann Tolan, of Green Street, died shortly after the 7:30 a.m. crash on Fallbrook Street, Lackawanna County Chief Deputy Coroner Jesse Van Deusen said. She was walking in the crosswalk on her way to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Police Chief Brian P. Bognatz said. An autopsy is scheduled today.

The driver, 61-year-old Joseph Masco of Hammond Avenue, told police that a sun glare hampered his vision.

Police still are investigating, but the chief said his statement seems to match up.

“The sun would have been directly in his eyes as he came down,” Chief Bognatz said.”…


Sunglare reminder from the RCMP >

RT Adam MacVicar @AdamMacVic RCMP say time of day played a factor into the collision, and are reminding drivers/pedestrians to pay attention to sun glare on the road.


Sun Glare Blamed In Deadly Collision With Wheelchair | CBS Denver

(credit: CBS)

“Police blame sun glare for a deadly crash that killed a man in a wheelchair in Lakewood on Friday morning.

The collision between the man in a wheelchair and the SUV happened at West 14th and Reed Street.

Investigators said the man in the electric wheelchair was traveling westbound in an eastbound traffic lane.”…


Sun glare one of the issues >

Middletown fire officials call for changes to intersection | WFSB

Area of Randolph Road and Lee Street in Middletown (WFSB)

“People who live along Randolph Road and Lee Street in Middletown say the area is notorious for accidents.

The fire chief, whose station sits along both roads, says it's downright dangerous; and while there have been calls for changes to the traffic light, one state agency has firmly said no.

Officials said there have been 15 accidents in the last six years, all in the area around Lee Street and Randolph Road, an area near two schools.

Middletown South Fire Chief Rob Ross has been sounding the alarm to get the Department of Transportation to change the flashing signals that are in the area.

“When you look at everything in the intersection, the angle of the side street, the proximity of the firehouse, the various times of year where the sun is either coming up in the morning or setting in the afternoon, I think there are a lot of things in the intersection that make it inherently unsafe,” Ross said.

Firefighters have control of the lights to stop traffic for emergencies, but drivers on Lee Street say they can't clearly see oncoming traffic without jumping into Randolph Road.

Then there's sun glare, which Ross says was a factor in a crash that happened in the area on Aug. 12.

The DOT did investigate the intersection in 2013, taking into account crash data, traffic, among other factors and denied the city’s request.”…


Rising or setting sun blinding your commute? Here's why | via @KIRO7Seattle 

…”The bright sunrises and sunsets have been blinding drivers — making it difficult for some to see during their commute.

KIRO 7 meteorologist Nick Allard explains that as we approach the fall equinox — where night and day are nearly equal in time — the sun is getting lower and lower in the sky each day. This is why drivers going eastbound in the mornings and westbound in the evenings are noticing it.

KIRO 7 News contacted the WSDOT, asking what drivers can do to drive safely when they are on the commute.

Here are the tips they gave:

  • Do not follow the cars in front of you too closely.
  • Have sunglasses. Even on rainy days, during this time of year, rain can go away and the sun can come back and be bright.  
  • Use your sun shade.
  • Most importantly, slow down for conditions. For example, if it’s raining, leave extra distance so you'll have plenty of room to slow down.

For drivers looking for a less shiny commute: Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 6, meaning that it will be dark for early evening commuters.”


Low sun coincides with kids walking to school these days >

Girl hit by car near school | via @Q13FOX

“A 12-year-old girl had to be airlifted to the hospital after she was hit by a car Wednesday morning in front of Camelot Elementary School. According to the King County Sheriff's Office, the child suffered serious injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Few details about the crash were immediately released, but officials said the girl was about 20 to 30 yards away from the crosswalk when she ran across the street. She was on her way to Kilo Middle School when she was hit by a teen driver heading to high school.

King County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Houck told Q13 News the "driver involved in the accident wasn`t doing anything wrong," and that the driver was not speeding in the school zone nor was she impaired.

However, some people do wonder if the sun's glare played a role in the crash.”

"I leave pretty early and the sun is coming up about that time," said Rebecca Richards who has a student at Camelot Elementary.”…


RT Scott Marshall @SafeDriver Should residential speed limits drop? The government thinks so. Are there pros & cons for this? This explains; https://t.co/HDh679PeTn

>Great article Scott.

RT CAA @CAA Hazards like pets, sun glare, heavy traffic, and pot holes can cause distracted driving. Learn more here http://bit.ly/29rmiZu

Hang up, don't bang up!

No citations given for crash caused by blinding sun | The Argus Observer

“A setting sun was the cause of an accident on East Idaho Avenue Thursday evening as vehicles were stopped at stop light.

At 1998 Chevrolet Blazer was traveling west on East Idaho Avenue in the right lane toward the Interstate 84 overpass when driver Timothy Gallagher, 58, of Sandy, was blinded by the sun, according to an Oregon State Police report.

Some vehicles ahead of Gallagher were at a stoplight and Gallagher did not see them stop. He collided into the back of a 2005 Dodge Caravan, driven by Jovanna Vargas, 26, of Ontario, police said. The collision pushed the Caravan into the back of a 2013 Hyundai Elantra driven by Amber Suing, 29, of Payette, the report said.

All parties involved complained of pain, and Vargas was transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario by Treasure Valley Paramedics for observation, police said.

No citations were issued due to the circumstances. Consistent statements regarding the blinding sun were made by all parties involved in the crash, according to police.”…


Simple, genius >

To avoid 'doorings' cyclist wants drivers to do the ""Dutch Reach"" via @BostonGlobe @jen_keesmaat

A cyclist makes his way down Route 114 in Salem.

“Michael Charney wants you to do the Dutch Reach.

The 70-year-old retired doctor, who lives in Cambridge, is spearheading a grassroots public information campaign to encourage drivers exiting their vehicles to use their right hands to open their car doors.

Charney claims that by doing so, it forces motorists to turn their bodies, and check their mirrors and look over their shoulder for oncoming cyclists. The method, he said, could help avoid what can often be fatal collisions referred to as “doorings,” or being “doored.””…

>And the Dutch know a thing or two about cycling @BostonGlobe @jen_keesmaat

>This is what a commuter lot looks like in Holland. How many acres needed if cars? @BostonGlobe @jen_keesmaat


>RT Howard Chang @adcycle: Spending time in Amsterdam and Copenhagen gave a glimpse of what we can be


Contrast between sun and shade is extreme these days. Pedestrians, assume drivers can't see you.

Drivers, watch for pedestrians in 'black holes'. Contrast between sun and shade is extreme these days.

Police: Use Caution When Driving Into the Sun | OzarksFirst

“An accident involving three students from Monett sent two girls to the hospital Monday morning. Police said a 16-year-old driver had turned East on Sycamore as the ten and 13-year-olds were crossing the road. Both girls were taken to the hospital but have since been released. The driver was not hurt.

The Monett Chief of Police said this should be a message to drivers because he said the sun is to blame for the accident.

"Almost everybody at some point at some time has been affected by sun blinding if you've been driving for a long time," said Chief George Daoud, Monett Police Department.

Daoud said sun blinding occurs frequently.

"That is when the sun is directly in the eyes of a driver and they cannot see what is going on in front of them for a very far distance," said Daoud.

Daoud said it happens often for a period of 15-20 minutes at a time during sunrise and sunset.

"Fall time of year and springtime is really bad because it's whenever everybody is driving to and from work, to and from school," Daoud said.

He said it can affect everyone.”…

“Daoud suggests adjusting to the environment that's around you and taking your time when the sun is blinding you.

"Through a combined effort of people taking their time during these periods of sunlight that's hitting them in the face and giving a little more space we can all have a more safe commute," said Daoud.

Daoud also suggests taking an alternate route or driving at a different time to avoid sun blinding. If you're unable to he suggests investing in polarized sunglasses to reduce glare, using your sun visor, keeping your windshield clean, and ensuring your windshield has no cracks. Also, he suggests refraining from storing papers or other objects on your dashboard.”


Scott, do you have any advice for keeping other drivers from filling the gap? @SafeDriver

>RT Scott Marshall @SafeDriver:  @SunPosition Can't really keep someone from coming over, but you can see their movement sooner with these tips; https://t.co/55npap9WkF

>Great advice once again Scott.  Thank you @SafeDriver

Drivers beware, time of year again when sun rises/sets along E/W roads >

Blinding sun to blame for Abilene accident, injuries | KTXS

“Abilene Police say a driver of a SUV heading east down North 12th Street was blinded by the rising sun Tuesday morning and ran into a parked pickup truck near the intersection with Grape Street.

The driver of that truck was outside of the vehicle at the time. He was standing between the truck and the flatbed trailer it was connected to, working on the break lights.

The driver of the SUV. says she did not see the truck as she was driving into blinding sunlight, and hit the pickup, which then pinned the driver between the back of the truck and the trailer.”…


Glare of sun causes accident on Windsor Lane | Leader & Times


“Two cars were towed away from Windsor Lane in Liberal as the result of a rollover accident Tuesday morning.

Responders were called to the incident at around 8:22 a.m.

“Emergency responders were dispatched to a rollover accident at the 2000 block of Windsor Lane,” a report from Liberal Police Department Captain Pat McClurg noted. The responding officers located a white 2010 Ford Fusion which had rolled onto the driver’s side,

“Investigating officers determined that the 20-year-old female driver of the Fusion was going east on Windsor Lane when she became blinded by the sun,” the report noted. “The vehicle sideswiped a parked 1998 Dodge Ram pickup, which caused the Fusion to roll onto the driver’s side.”

Both vehicles ended up with disabling damage. No injuries were reported.”


RT Drop It And Drive @DropItAndDrive 9 Ways to Improve Your Focus Behind the Wheel http://bit.ly/DIAD09212016


“Human error is responsible for the vast majority of vehicle crashes on our roads. While some of these errors are due to irresponsible or reckless driving, many of them are simply due to a lack of attention. When we operate a motor vehicle, we are responsible for the safety of our passengers and all of those who share the road with us. It can be difficult to be cognizant of that fact 100 percent of the time when we are behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, all it takes is a brief moment of distraction before we make a mistake that costs us or someone else dearly.”…

RT Eugenia Ambrozaitis @ReconGeniTPS Math don't lie. As a Recon expert in Court I use relatable terms to describe distances Don't drive distracted



RT KIWA Radio @kiwaradio Drivers: Watch Out For Blinding Sun Straight Ahead http://fb.me/8buEOz1cx

sun solar

“Twice each year, with the arrival of spring and fall, Iowa motorists need to be particularly careful when driving at sunrise and sunset.

Gail Weinholzer with Triple-A-Iowa, says the sun could be blinding during the morning and afternoon commutes for the next few weeks, especially since the sun is lined up almost directly with east-west roads.”…

RT Katia Osokine @KatiaOsokine:  My anecdotal evidence: main cause of downtown rush-hour gridlock is drivers entering the intersection when they can't clear it

>@KatiaOsokine And the inability to turn because of pedestrian traffic.

RT CBC Toronto @CBCToronto 1,083 pedestrians and cyclists have been hit by vehicles since June, urban planner says http://bit.ly/2doka2T

>@CBCToronto And that's only in Toronto.

In 112 days, 541 cyclists were hit by vehicles in Toronto.

“An urban planner says Toronto is facing a "public health epidemic," after 1,083 pedestrians and cyclists were struck by cars since June.

Cars hit 542 pedestrians and 541 cyclists over 112 days — an average of nearly 10 collisions a day.

"Regardless of who's at fault, something has to change here," Kyle Miller told CBC's Metro Morning Friday..

Those numbers are higher than for the same time period last year, when cars struck 474 pedestrians and 525 cyclists, according to figures from Toronto police.”…

A factor maybe, but responsible? >

Sun Glare May Have Been Responsible After Teen Struck in Arlington | Patch

Sun Glare May Have Been Responsible After Teen Struck in Arlington: Police

“Intense sun glare may have been to blame after a 15-year-old girl on her way to school was struck by a vehicle, police say.

The girl, who was struck in the 5100 block of Lee Highway, was taken to George Washington University with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. She was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident, which happened at around 7:36 a.m. on Sept. 22”…


RT NRSPP @NRSPPaus Pedestrian safety needs to catch up to technology and put people before cars http://theconversation.com/pedestrian-safety-needs-to-catch-up-to-technology-and-put-people-before-cars-65225 via @ConversationEDU

“One pedestrian is killed every two days on Australia’s roads, the majority in metropolitan areas. While advances in safety systems and technology over past decades have greatly improved driver and passenger safety, there has been relatively little new technology to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Even current innovations to improve pedestrian safety are still designed from a car-centric approach.

In many places walking is significantly more dangerous than travelling by car, despite mostly separated facilities and slower speeds than any other mode of travel. Worldwide, more than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on roads each year – 22% of all road traffic deaths.”…

Worldwide, 270,000+ pedestrians lose their lives each yr - 22% of traffic deaths. https://t.co/sKHZ4A1K8B via @ConversationEDU

Sun glare reportedly caused truck crash that closed part of U.S. 24 near Peyton | via @csgazette

“The sun got in the eyes of a driver whose cement truck crashed into a cement barrier on U.S. 24 just east of Peyton, spilling about 50 gallons of diesel fuel on the road and causing major delays, Gazette news partner KKTV reported.

The single-vehicle crash near mile marker 322 was reported just after 7 a.m., the Colorado State Patrol said.”…


Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – September 2016

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, and to specific projects with sun/shade issues in particular. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Concern re shadows on Halifax Common >

Massive highrise moves ahead despite city staff recommendations | Global News

“A vote by municipal councillors to move ahead with a 29-storey highrise proposal is being met with mixed reviews.”…

“The proposed 29-storey development is for a mixed use commercial and residential building located at the corner of Quinpool Rd. and Robie St.”…

““When this building first came forward to council for consideration it came at a proposed 22 storeys, and then it came back again at 28 storeys, and then it came back again at 29 storeys,” Watts said.

The development proposal remained at 29 storeys, despite strong public opposition that came forth in hearings and through written submissions to council.

“The open house a year or so ago expressed serious opposition to this building being constructed,” Manos said. “At that time the proposal was for 22 storeys and city staff had hesitation about it and expressed concern about as did as did the residents and concerned citizens who were there.”

The development doesn’t follow current zoning rules and would require amendments to the municipal planning strategy and city bylaws.

A city staff report recommended the building be limited to 20 storeys because the extra nine storeys would be too much for the area.

Council voted against that report.”…


Height reduced due to shadow concerns on the Boston Common >

The shrinking pencil tower | via @BostonGlobe

A skinny tower proposed for Tremont Street across from Boston Common is again shrinking, to the point where it looks more like a ordinary midrise building.

The developers behind 171 Tremont Street are now proposing to build a 12-story building just 175 feet high, about half the height of its original proposal, and roughly as tall as two neighboring buildings.

It was the third time Swiss real estate developer Maurice Dabbah reduced the height of his proposed building, in part because of concerns about the shadows it would cast on the Common.

Subtracting the rooftop mechanical systems, the occupied portion of the building would be now 155 feet high, in line with existing zoning for the property. And it would no longer cast new shadows on the Boston Common.”…


RT Shawn Micallef shawnmicallef:  In the @TorontoStar I've some thoughts on Hotel X & how Toronto's public gem has been treated like rubbish

>@shawnmicallef Not sure it will ""dominate the western Toronto skyline for generations"", but for now it's hard to miss/hide. @TorontoStar

>RT Shawn Micallef @shawnmicallef:  @SunPosition predicting a tornado then?

>@shawnmicallef  Interesting interpretation ha-ha, but not exactly what I was thinking.

Hotel X nears completion on the Exhibition Place grounds, part of a move to bring more convention traffic to the site. It will dominate the western Toronto skyline for generations.

“There was a new, disturbing addition to the Canadian National Exhibition this year, and it wasn’t something concocted in the Food Building. Rather, it was Hotel X. Under construction for a few years now, CNE-goers saw the “urban resort” rising above the midway as it finally nears completion.

The tallest thing on the CNE site at Exhibition Place, it’s impossible to ignore. When an ugly building goes up in the city, we can hope new ones will spring up nearby to obscure it. No chance of that here. Hotel X and its floors of random columns, like the ruins of north Toronto McMansions floating in the sky, will be the dominant canker on Toronto’s western skyline for generations.”…


These are hilarious.  Have a look >>

RT BuzzBuzzHome @BuzzBuzzHome 35 building fails that take shoddy workmanship to a whole new level:  http://ow.ly/iwJu304fZCB

Designing Density in Today's Urban Environments | Multifamily Executive Magazine

A mixed-use apartment complex that consists of 204 units, seven above-grade levels, and three below-grade levels, 1111 Wilshire in Los Angeles contains a 7,000-square-foot retail base, central courtyard, and roof decks. The design, by Nadel Inc., is pedestrian oriented and incorporates a contextual interpretation of contemporary urban fragments. Holland Partners developed the project.

“Innovative urban housing solutions are constantly evolving with the highly competitive nature of the housing marketplace. The critical housing shortage in many of our most dynamic cities, coupled with the ascendancy of urban living, is driving a need for larger, denser and more amenity-rich housing projects. Everyone wants central locations in walkable neighborhoods, but these are complex endeavors, on complex sites, with many stakeholders. These buildings must provide high-quality living environments for the tenants as well as enhance the surrounding neighborhood.

Internally, these projects sometimes contain unorthodox sizes and mixtures of housing units, with trendy amenities packages, in a high-stakes effort to meet and even predict demographic trends. In addition to housing, they often provide restaurant and retail space and sometimes contain offices and hotels.

Externally, due to their importance in shaping the present and future character of their environs, these projects typically receive close scrutiny from all involved (and those indirectly involved).

Urban housing projects are more design-intensive and closely parsed by the public than ever before. The numerous design challenges that must be addressed demand the participation of highly experienced design professionals who thoroughly understand urban housing and are committed to both the success of their clients and the betterment of the community.”…


Buying a condo in Toronto? Here's what you need to know about how much sun your unit will get >

Infographic: Hours of sun per day by time of year and direction window faces:  https://t.co/4ZgP1PSSev

Too tall, too much shadow >

5 daring (or ridiculous) condos that Toronto never built | via @blogto

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RT UrbanToronto @Urban_Toronto Project of the Day: @HarhayDev's 75 On The Esplanade, design by @_archAlliance_.

75 on The Esplanade by architectsAlliance for Harhay/Carttera

Proud to be part of this project team!


Shadowing from proposed buildings - how does it affect you?

Homeowners and tenants are often concerned about the impact that shadowing from a proposed house addition next door, or a high-rise down the street, might have on their property.  In many cases, development is deemed good for a neighbourhood and proceeds on that basis.  After all, in an urban setting, development and re-development are to be expected, right?

But how much is too much in your opinion?  How much new shadow can you reasonably be expected to absorb in order for others' projects to proceed/succeed?

This survey asks you when and where sunshine is important to you.  Spring?  Summer?  Fall?  Winter?  Outdoors?  Indoors?  Patio?  Kitchen? etc. etc.  And how much new shadow is too much?  And does a great project, that improves your neighbourhood, increase your tolerance for new shadowing?

Survey > https://t.co/RrxLfmANon

Simple, genius >

To avoid ‘doorings,’ cyclist wants drivers to do the ‘Dutch Reach’ | via @BostonGlobe @jen_keesmaat

A cyclist makes his way down Route 114 in Salem.

“Michael Charney wants you to do the Dutch Reach.

The 70-year-old retired doctor, who lives in Cambridge, is spearheading a grassroots public information campaign to encourage drivers exiting their vehicles to use their right hands to open their car doors.

Charney claims that by doing so, it forces motorists to turn their bodies, and check their mirrors and look over their shoulder for oncoming cyclists. The method, he said, could help avoid what can often be fatal collisions referred to as “doorings,” or being “doored.””…

>And the Dutch know a thing or two about cycling @BostonGlobe @jen_keesmaat

>This is what a commuter lot looks like in Holland. How many acres needed if cars? @BostonGlobe @jen_keesmaat


>RT Howard Chang @adcycle: Spending time in Amsterdam and Copenhagen gave a glimpse of what we can be


10-tower GardenCity condo community planned by Rogers in Mississauga  | via @buzzbuzzhome

M City Rogers Condos Mississauga

“The Rogers family is more known for putting up cell phone towers than condominiums, but the name behind the Canadian telecom behemoth is vying to make its mark on the Greater Toronto Area’s housing market.

Rogers Real Estate Development Limited, a private holding company the Rogers family owns, is planning to build a 10-tower residential community in Mississauga — and it recently took another step towards this goal, BuzzBuzzNews has learned.

On August 9th, the City approved Rogers Real Estate’s site-plan application to build a temporary sales centre on a 15-acre parcel of downtown Mississauga greenfield, the planner overseeing the file tells BuzzBuzzNews.”…

“The early site map Rogers Real Estate provided to the City outlines plans for what it called GardenCity Mississauga, a 10-tower development on a downtown Mississauga site bounded by Burnhamthorpe Road to the north, Confederation Parkway to the east, Webb Drive to the south, and Pinnacle International’s Grand Park development on the west.

The site in Mississauga, a large suburban city just west of Toronto, is the last remaining parcel of undeveloped land of its size in the area.

Proposed towers range in height from 21 to 30 storeys up to 51 to 60 storeys. Podiums would be three to six storeys high. “The broad range of tower heights at GardenCity will contribute to the visually distinctive and rapidly evolving Mississauga skyline,” text accompanying the map reads. “Towers should be oriented to take advantage of views of City Centre, Lake Ontario, and major open spaces.”

Famme expects the multi-block development’s first phase to be a 51-to-60-storey tower on the southwest corner of Burnhamthorpe Road West and Confederation Parkway.

Rogers approached Toronto developer Urban Capital in 2011 to help with the development process, according to an article in the December 2012 issue of Urban Capital’s company magazine.”…


RT World Class Realty @worldclassrp: Rogers reveals first renderings of its proposed 10-tower GTA residential project



RT Bryan Tuckey @BILDpres: 2016 could be a record year for new high-rise sales in the GTA | @bildgta

1,880 condos were sold in the Toronto area in August of this year.

“In a sure sign that the vertical city is rapidly becoming the vertical region, the sale of new condos in the Toronto area is tracking to pass the level seen in 2011, the year the home building industry came roaring back from the 2008 recession.

There were 1,880 condos sold in August of this year, a typically slow month. That’s about a 74 per cent increase over the same month last year and slightly more than the 1,754 units that sold in August of 2011, according to Altus Group data released Thursday by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

There have been 17,949 high-rise sales between January and August this year to date, compared to 17,380 in the same period of 2011. Condo sales are up 31 per cent this year to date over the same period last year.

The soaring highrise numbers come as the supply of new low-rise homes in the region — semis, towns and detached — dwindled to a 10-year low.

The inventory of new low-rise homes was only 1,379 in August, compared to 16,560 in June 2006, when the provincial Growth Plan was introduced. That trend is fuelling price increases, said BILD CEO Bryan Tuckey.”…


RT Bryan Tuckey @BILDpres:  Interesting article by @JohnLorinc in @Spacing about politics and land use planning

“… two of the Liberals’ landmark policy accomplishments – Metrolinx and the Greenbelt/Places to Grow land-use planning regimes for the GTHA – will both become the subject of extensive overhauls at the hands of a Tory government. Both date back to the Dalton McGuinty’s first term in office. Both are well-intentioned but flawed in non-trivial ways. And neither has endured regime change, which, to my mind, is the acid test of sustainable public policy.”…

Read full article - https://t.co/BeM0UjN6LS

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – September 2016

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Our monthly sunrise/sunset tables have been updated.

The sun is getting lower these days.  High noon on Sep 3 is same as 10:50 am or 3:50 pm on June 21 in Toronto.

If you thought sun shadows are getting longer, you're right. At high noon in Toronto they are now 2X longer than on June 21.

>Brian Persaud @BrianPersaud: You don't say...so cool
>Yeah, interesting isn't it.
>It'll be over 2.5X by Sep 21st

Great sunset shots tonight in Toronto by @shawnmicallef

Sunrise sunset times for Rio2016 Paralympics - https://t.co/1RIbWsoFK4

Blinds perhaps? >

What can be done about the sun blinding Cowboys receivers in AT&T Stadium? | via @sportsdaydfw


“After the sunlight in AT&T Stadium appeared to interfere with a few Cowboys in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 20-19 loss to the New York Giants, many of the Cowboys hopping on the radio the next morning were asked what could be done about the blinding light.

In an interview with 105.3 The Fan on Monday, head coach Jason Garrett said it's just a fact of life the team has to deal with.

"The sun's been there for five billion years and it'll probably be there for five billion more," he said.

In a later interview on the station, Cowboys VP Stephen Jones seemed to agree with that sentiment but then said that the team could look into solutions if it's a problem.”…


Dallas Cowboys: Dallas players on battling the sun during critical fourth quarter drives | SportsDay

“The New York Giants weren't the only opponent the Cowboys had to fight in the closing moments of Sunday's loss.

The sun was clearly an issue. Arguably, three passes in the final 5:33 were lost by Cowboys receivers in the glare.

The first was a deep pass to Dez Bryant. Tight end Jason Witten lost two in the final 1:05.

All three came after the Giants scored to take a 20-19 lead.”…


Sun doesn't shine on Cowboys, but does blind them on two fourth-quarter incompletions | Star-Telegram

“The Cowboys admit the sun played a part in Jason Witten failing to hold onto a ball on the final drive of their loss to the Giants.

“Yeah, it was, but you know what you still should make the plays,” the tight end said. “There’s no question about that. The sun kind of got us on a little bit. But we still need to make those plays. I need to make it.”

Other teams have complained about the glare at the end of 3:25 p.m. games, with the sun shining through the west windows at AT&T Stadium. But it marked the first time since the stadium opened in 2009 that the Cowboys have complained about it.”…


The sun will cross the equator about 500 km N of the NE tip of Brazil on Sep 22 at 14:21 hrs UT (10:21 ET).

Despite the name, day and night are not equal on the Equinox.  Why?

Two reasons...

1) Official sunrise/set times are when top edge of sun touches horizon. Results in couple minutes extra sunlight.

2) Refraction - light bends - we can see the sun when it is actually below horizon. Results in couple more minutes sunlight.

Awesome @uofg. Reverse in winter? >

Ontario university uses simple idea to cut AC bill, carbon emissions | CTV News

CTV Kitchener: Power savings at U of G

“An Ontario university has cut its greenhouse gas emissions -- not to mention its air conditioning bill -- using a relatively simple technology.

The University of Guelph built a 30-metre-high tank that cools 22 million litres of water each night. The water is piped around campus during the day, cooling classrooms, offices and labs.”…


The sun will cross the equator about 500 km N of the NE tip of Brazil on Sep 22 at 14:21 hrs UT (10:21 ET).

Cool fact - Look up at the sun today at 10:21 AM EDT and know that is over the Equator just off Brazil.

Here's where the sun crosses the Equator today Sep 22/16 at 10:21 AM EDT. https://t.co/0l4p1ZETFn

Not officially the Fall Equinox, but equal day and night in Toronto tomorrow Sep 25.

Equal day and night in Toronto today Sep 25.  Not Fall Equinox but...

The sun is currently rising 1 minute later and setting 2 minutes earlier each day in Toronto.

Auroras to shine across Canada due to speedy solar wind | Weather Network

“A speedy stream of solar particles is washing past Earth this week, sparking off amazing displays of the Northern Lights in our night skies.”…


Cheers, Ralph

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sun Glare While Driving – August 2016

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Shane O'Connor @oconnorshane:  Be especially careful in work zones. Road Safety. No distractions.  https://t.co/ZctaVTydZM

> @SunPosition:  @oconnorshane I hope they have a similar ad showing guys shaving behind the wheel.


TWC News Rochester @TWCNewsROC:  Deputies say sun glare potential factor in Perinton NY crash—man on bike hit by 1 vehicle, then another

Sun glare believed to be a factor: Sheriff >

Man Struck by Two Vehicles in Perinton | TWC News

“A man riding his bike Thursday evening on Whitney Road was struck by two vehicles and taken to the hospital, where he was placed in a medically-induced coma.

Vincent Jacobs, 22, is in critical condition, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Jacobs was using the crosswalk from the Pines of Perinton when he was struck by a car driving west. The impact left Jacobs in the eastbound lane, where he was stuck again by another vehicle.

The sheriff's office believes sun glare could have been a factor in the crash.”

http://twcne.ws/V2rBho?cid=twitter_TWCNewsROC … #ROC

Rescuers unable to see them due to sun glare >

2 Pilots Survived 21 Terrifying Hours in the Oceans of Hawaii | Newser

“David McMahon says he wasn't terribly afraid in the first minutes after the two-engine plane he had been flying crashed in Hawaiian waters en route from Oahu to the Big Island. After all, the 26-year-old tells Hawaii News Now of the July 13 accident, he and the plane's co-pilot, 23-year-old Sydnie Uemoto, had survived the crash and had called for assistance before they bailed out of the plane. Help would soon arrive, he thought. But what the pair ended up going through in the ocean soon brought his fears to the forefront, notes the , with a 21-hour ordeal that included McMahon's life vest getting punctured (meaning he had to tread water and swim), jellyfish stings, and being circled by a shark as rescue choppers and search planes passed them by, unable to see them due to the waves and sun glare even though they flew over the two at least 10 times…”


Sun glare suspected in left turn crash >

Victims in Two Separate Fatal Motorcycle Crashes Identified | TWC News

“Around 7 p.m., crews responded to Trimmer Road near West Ridge Road for a car and motorcycle accident.

Deputies say Joseph D'Agostino, 54, of Spencerport was driving his motorcycle east on Route 104 when a car turned in front of him. D'Agostino was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the car said she never saw the motorcycle. Deputies believe sun glare may have been a factor in the crash…”  


Driver claims sun glare made traffic light hard to see >

Pastor killed, wife critically injured in motorcycle crash | NJ.com

“A pastor of a Bordentown Township church was killed and his wife critically injured Sunday night when their motorcycle collided with an SUV in Eastampton, police said.

The 7:55 p.m. crash occurred when Larry and Leslie House, both 57, were riding a motorcycle through the intersection of Woodlane and Smithville roads, police said.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, but it appears Susan Deserio, 62, of Pennsylvania, failed to stop at the red light and struck the couple with her Subaru Forester.

She told police she could not see because of the sun glare. Charges have not been filed yet…”


Good tips here >

DriveTeam, Inc.@DriveTeamInc:  Dangers of driving into the sun. @AAANews https://t.co/TyoSoghrU4

“Driving on a beautiful sunny day can provide stunning scenery, but it can also create a hazard if the driver’s view is compromised by a glaring sun.

Just after sunrise and before sunset the sun can shine directly into drivers’ eyes, leaving many motorists driving with a glare. This glare can make it much harder to see the road ahead and potential hazards creating an added risk to drivers. When sun glare is an issue slow down and use extra caution especially while driving through school zones.

So how can you protect yourself? AAA offers these tips for motorists when driving into the sun:

  • Invest in polarized sunglasses – they can help reduce glare.
  • Utilize your sun visor – it can help to block out the sun.
  • Leave more following room – when the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing. This is one more time when it pays to leave more room between you and the next vehicle.
  • Drive with your headlights on to increase your visibility to other drivers

Additional tips:

  • Keep your windshield clean, inside and out
  • Check your windshield for pitting and cracks
  • Avoid storing papers or other items on the dashboard
  • If having a difficult time seeing the road, use lane markings to help guide you.

Rarely will visibility be absolutely perfect while driving, but if motorists know this and make the proper adjustments, you can minimize any additional risks that come with less-than-optimal visual conditions.”


UPDATE: Police issue sun glare warning with pics of crunched-up car after crash in Witney | Oxford Mail

A car and bin lorry crashed in Witney

“POLICE officers urged drivers to take care in the sun's glare after a crash in central Witney this morning.

Thames Valley Police released dramatic images showing the crunched-up car, which appeared to have crashed with a Biffa lorry in Langdale Gate.”…

“Make sure your windscreens are clean inside and out with the low morning sun. Costly for this motorist.”…


Grey Cells @greycells:  It's that time of year again. The most predictable object in the solar system but still confounds some drivers.

> @SunPosition:  The sun may not seem so predictable in a dynamic environment such as driving. @greycells @vanpdf

Vancouver Pedestrian @vanpdf:  @SunPosition @greycells then blame driving for crashes instead of sun. Why design cities & roads to be "dynamic" if low sun happens 2x/day?

> @SunPosition:  @vanpdf @greycells Curves, corners, hills, shadows, etc., all play into the dynamics of driving in low bright sun.

Vancouver Pedestrian @vanpdf:  @sunposition @greycells These are driving problems, not sun problems. Sun isn’t the problem. Driving is.

> @SunPosition:  @vanpdf @greycells When you can see one second, and not the next, I would suggest it's the sun creating a driving problem.

> @SunPosition:  @vanpdf @greycells The sun rises and sets in the same direction only 2 days out of 365 per year. Moving target.

Vancouver Pedestrian @vanpdf:  @SunPosition @greycells lower speeds solve safety with low sun quite nicely. Hard to kill at 20, even if blinded. At 60, killing is default.

> @SunPosition:  @vanpdf @greycells Couldn't agree more. Lower speeds is a practical solution in pedestrian zones, not so much on highways.

Vancouver Pedestrian @vanpdf:  @sunposition @greycells Lower highway speeds work fine.  A world of difference between 60 km/h on the highway and 130 km/h on the highway.

Grey Cells @greycells:  @SunPosition Light & shadows on new routes tell you what's coming. Drivers habitual routes would not surprise. Everyday Absolution @vanpdf

Anyone else have their Forward Collision Warning System triggered by sunlight? Scares the daylights out of me (no pun intended).

Police warn of sun glare >

RT TVP Carterton ‏@TVP_Carterton: Make sure your windscreens are clean inside and out with the low morning sun. Costly for this motorist


Don't mix gasoline and alcohol. Ruins your engine - and tastes awful.

That flip-down thing above your windshield isn't for holding CDs, papers, etc. Keep it clear so you can use it as intended.

Scott Marshall @SafeDriver:  Driving into the sunset isn't as romantic as many think it is. Here's how to safely deal with glare; 


“Like most people, I enjoy having the bright sunshine compared to an overcast day anytime. Feeling the warmth on my face relaxes me and makes me happy…well, most of the time. Driving toward the bright sun isn’t always relaxing and driving into the sunset isn’t always romantic. Sometimes it can be blinding. Even though that’s the case there are a few things we can do to help make driving safer in those conditions.”… (Read on at link below)


Blind leading blind >

Two vehicles leave highway at end of 103 near Yarmouth | NovaNewsNow 

“A blinding sun is being blamed for an accident early Monday evening in which two vehicles drove off the end of Highway 103 in Yarmouth County.”…

“The vehicles – one with Ontario licence plates, the other from Pennsylvania – were heading west on the 103 when they apparently were blinded by the sun and didn’t realize they were at the end of the highway, the chief said.

The sun was low enough that they didn’t see the signs and they just drove basically right off the highway,” he said.”…


Interesting "Smart Windshield" research >

University of Florida Transportation Institute

…”“Smart Windshield” – a windshield that becomes darker when is in contact with the sun’s ultra violet light. It will become part of the Automated Vehicle Technologies Implementation project. Sun glare has become a natural threat for all drivers by reducing their visibility and increasing their perception reaction time (interval of time between the appearance of an unknown obstacle and the driver’s initiation of action). This project focuses on reducing the vehicle crashes caused by sun glare by installing photochromic molecules (clear molecules that become darker when they are in contact with the sun’s ultra violet light) in the car’s windshield. The expected result of this project is to improve the driver’s vision by reducing the effects of disability glare (reduction in visibility caused by the presence of a light source in the eyes2,3) and improving their perception-reaction time”…


Pics obviously taken later, sunrise was at 6:40 >

Man dead, two injured, in TTC bus crash – CityNews | via @CityNews

TTC, crash, fatal

(photo source: CP24.com)

”One man is dead and two people are in hospital after a two-vehicle crash in the city’s northeast end.

A car rear-ended a TTC bus in the southbound lanes of Warden Avenue, near Finch Avenue, around 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday.

A 26-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was sitting in the backseat of the car at the time of the crash.”…


DriveSmartBC: @DriveSmartBC @SunPosition Possibly rear seat passenger unbelted and collided with front seat passenger? Lifespace in car still intact...

> @SunPosition: @DriveSmartBC Sounds likely. Unbuckled passengers are a hazard to not only themselves, but to others in the car.

We're approaching that time of year again when low sun coincides with morning and afternoon commutes. Sunglasses & visors ready.

> @SunPosition:  Hey Kevin. Thank you kindly for the RT. @SF_KevinG

@SF_KevinG: You're welcome, Ralph! Thanks for such great expert content.

> @SunPosition:  Wow, thank YOU.

J. Peter Donald @JPeterDonald:  @NYPDSpecialops is at Pier 79. They have pulled numerous kayakers from the water after getting hit by a ferry


Police look into whether sun glare was factor in kayak crash | CNBC

“Authorities are looking into whether sun glare was a factor in an accident in which a ferry departing a pier slammed into a group of kayakers, critically injuring one and knocking some into the Hudson River.

Ten people in eight kayaks were paddling down the river on Tuesday evening on a sunset excursion when they were struck by a NY Waterway ferry, New York Police Department Inspector David Driscoll said.”…

“Authorities don't know what caused the crash but said they were investigating whether sun glare played a role.

"When you're driving the same thing happens," Driscoll said. "When that sun is low in the sky you get a glare condition, and where you get blinded on the road sometimes the same conditions could exist on the water."”…


Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – August 2016

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, and to specific projects with sun/shade issues in particular. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Part of a massive proposed Toronto development at The Well to sell for $180 million | via @buzzbuzzhome


“A large portion of “one of the few remaining developable sites in downtown Toronto” is selling for $180 million, say the property’s current owners.

RioCan, Allied and Diamondcorp announced today plans to sell most of the future residential elements of The Well — a major mixed-use community proposed for a 7.67-acre parcel of land at Front Street West and Spadina Avenue — to Tridel and Woodbourne.

The site’s development plans, which the City is still currently reviewing, include 1.43 million square feet of proposed residential space spread across both condos and rental apartments. In all, it will feature 3,000,000 square feet of mixed-use development with offices and retail units as well…”


Proud to be part this project team!

82-Unit Affordable Rental Development Planned Near Casa Loma | via @urban_toronto

“Almost 8 years after the City of Toronto's Planning Department recommended approval of an 82-unit affordable housing development located at 200 Madison Avenue in Toronto's Casa Loma area. To be called Madison View, revised plans for the site have been put into motion with a recent application for Site Plan Approval from Madison View Homes Inc., after funding issues scuppered the previous plan.

Vacant for nearly 10 years, the site was the location for an April 27, 2015 event attended by Mayor John Tory, who vowed to fast-track affordable housing across the city. A Request for Proposal for Development and Operation of Affordable Rental Housing was submitted a few weeks after that announcement, followed by an application last week for a new design by McKnight Charron Limited Architects…”

“The project is being funded by all levels of government alongside developer Madison View Homes, which was incorporated for the sole purpose of developing the site. Parent company Mahogany Management has been developing commercial buildings in Southern Ontario since 1990, and has now has 16 years experience developing affordable and supportive rental housing. It is contributing $7 million of the costs, which is being matched by the Government of Canada. The Government of Ontario is contributing $6.2 million, while the City of Toronto is contributing $5.5 million in the form of land and waived development fees and property taxes…”


Proud to be part this project team!

RT Mike CollinsWilliams @mikejcw Toronto's CBD continues to expand beyond traditional boundaries w future projects planned on King W by @AlliedREIT


Locals worry that Inwood rezoning will create permanent shadow | via @trdny


“Central Park is no longer the only place where locals fear that tall towers will cast long shadows. Shade is being thrown all over NYC. In Inwood, a new zoning proposal has residents fearful of new tall buildings creating a permanent shadow.

The city’s Economic Development Corporation saw opposition at a recent hearing to discuss the controversial plan to rezone Inwood.

According to DNAinfo, locals said the agency’s plans would allow new high rises to grow along Broadway. They say that if those buildings are developed it would plunge existing buildings along Park Terrace East into darkness because of the area’s steep grade…”


Residents fight to save schoolyard sunshine in condo battle | via @torontostar

Lyndon Morley, wife Susannah and son Rowan, 8, are among those opposed to a proposed 38-storey condo tower they fear will leave the nearby Church Street Junior Public School in the shadows.

A proposed development at 411 Church St., left, is shown in an artist's rendering, beside another tower on Carlton St. that has already been approved.

“Canada’s largest school board is fighting a proposed condo development in the downtown core that threatens to leave a local elementary school in the shadows.

The 38-storey mixed-use building slated to be built at Church and Wood Sts., at the southern end of the Church-Wellesley Village, would cast a shadow on the nearby Church Street Junior Public School, prompting the Toronto District School Board to join those battling to save the sunshine for the elementary school students…”

“The OMB, the province’s quasi-judicial body that handles land and planning disputes, will decide the fate of 411 Church St. in the coming months following a two-day hearing this week. The space is currently used as a parking lot.

At the hearing, the city, which is leading the fight to save the sun, put forward an altered, 25-storey design. Their model is intended to limit the shadow mostly within that of existing buildings and, notably, within the shadow to be cast by a 37-storey tower going up at 70 and 72 Carlton St. — next door to the proposed building…” (Proud to be part of the Carlton project team!)


Here is every GTA high-rise and mid-rise condo development launching in fall 2016 | via @buzzbuzzhome

See here for full list - https://t.co/y6TRYzkLxG

Excerpt below - 75 on the Esplanade by Carttera Private Equities and Harhay Developments - a project team we are proud to be a part of!


Shadow concerns >

New Shops and Apartments Planned for West Bridgford | West Bridgford Wire

“Plans to demolish the building for new shops and apartments have been lodged.

The plans propose nine (9) one bedroom flats/maisonettes and 125 square metres of trading space for retail use.

One comment has been received against the proposals from a local resident – here is a brief summary;

‘The new build will be very over bearing to my property. The footprint of the new build is much larger than the current build extending out beyond the existing property boundaries. The proposed build moves closer to my boundary and consequently to my house, extends much further at the back of my property and will tower over my home. This will be an imposing building when compared to my home and the existing property and will negatively impact me in a number of ways.

The build will cast a shadow over my house for many more hours in the day than I currently experience depriving me of light and making the inside of my home darker. This will cause me to use artificial lighting for longer which will both cost me additional money and have a negative impact on the environment because of increased use of electricity…””


Cheers, Ralph