Monday, February 13, 2012

Crossing guard struck - sun glare may be a factor

Another crossing guard has been struck by a driver claiming to have been blinded by early morning sun, this time in Cresskill NJ on Friday, Feb 10/12.  I mention this because it seems to be happening all too frequently lately.  In fact, we were retained recently to provide a sun position analysis for a similar case in the UK. 

In connection with the Cresskill incident, we were interviewed by staff at The Record ( as they covered the story, and we provided a few tips for motorists and pedestrians alike as they deal with sun glare.  The article as published in The Record can be found here.

Sun glare, as it relates to pedestrian safety, is a big issue that people need to be much more aware of, and I believe that sun glare accounts for many more accidents than we realize.  Since vehicles cannot stop on a dime, pedestrians need to be just as cautious as drivers.  It's up to you to cross safely and to not assume drivers can see you.

Remember, if the sun is behind you and traffic is coming towards you, you might be able to see the traffic just fine, but the driver coming towards you might not be able to see you.  Pedestrians, please do not assume drivers can see you.

Cheers, Ralph

Friday, February 3, 2012

London 2012 Sunrise Sunset Times

Free sunrise/sunset tables are available for those of you who plan to visit the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Cities include London, Manchester, Glascow and Cardiff.

Cheers, Ralph

Thursday, February 2, 2012

February 2012 Sunrise/Sunset Tables

February 2012 sunrise/sunset tables for select cities in Canada, the US, the Middle East, Haiti and Japan have been posted. The tables include the times of rise and set as well as the time of solar noon and the total number of daylight hours for each day of the month. Sun directions at rise and set are available upon request.

If your location is not one of the samples, contact us for a free table for your location for this month.

Visit to view and print our samples or to order your location-specific table.

Cheers, Ralph

Random “Sun & Shadow” Items – Jan 2012

The following are random “sun and shade” facts and comments.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition) for the month of January 2012 and some contain links to news articles.

Toronto will reach 10 hrs/day of sunlight on Feb 4. Vancouver has to wait until Feb 13. Miami is almost at 11 already (will be on Feb 2).

Glad to see sun off the ice and out of players' eyes at NHL Winter Classic.

Will sun dip below stadium by Winter Classic revised 3:00 pm start time? If not, lower sun could be more dangerous for players. Anyone know?

Note to @NHL: Sun/shade patterns at the Winter Classic could have been modeled long before today (2 Jan).

Sun causes Winter Classic delay.

Interesting arguments > Get Utah off daylight saving.

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – Jan 2012

The following relate to urban development and design in general, specific projects, and sun/shade issues.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition) for the month of January 2012 and most contain links to news articles.

NERO condos + lofthouses will bring architectural credibility to Dundas strip in Toronto.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, it’s a drone flown by a Californian realtor… And the LAPD ain’t pleased.

RT @CityzenGroup: The weather's been good and so has construction at Pier 27! See our construction update.

RT @BuzzBuzzHome: Now THAT is a scale model worth writing home about! Check out Picasso's by @monarch_group.

RT @BuzzBuzzHome: Crane sighted in the sky over Pinnacle Grand Park! The construction phase just got serious.

Toronto ranks second in smartest cities on the planet list.

RT @Urban_Toronto: Sweet renders of new Minto / Freed project planned for Front and Bathurst.

RT @BuzzBuzzHome: Sweet!! @dna3condos construction images are up. Check out the demolition.

RT @BarrieExaminer: Growth spurt. Future plans unveiled in Alliston. Alcona ID'd as new growth area.

RT @TorontoUpdate: Bouncing back from recession, Toronto leads Canada's growth | Globe and Mail

RT @MasonHomes: Solar-powered 'smart' roads could zap snow, ice. Wouldn't this come in handy around here.

RT @BuzzBuzzHome: The 2nd tallest building in the world will be 200-storeys high, house 100k people, and only take 6 months to build.

RT @BuzzBuzzHome: Fabrik’s amazing new condo rendering from @MenkesLife is music to our ears… Epic music.

First paving the way for the cultural rebirth of downtown Calgary.

Building New York: SOM Reshapes Roosevelt Island.

MT @Urbanation: 3-sty bldgs w 43 units planned for SW corner Charles & Church (would have thought 25-35 stys here?)

Construction starts soon on 14-storey condo next to High Park.

RT @planetizen: Google Maps faces a new competitor: the "Wikipedia of Maps".

RT @bildgta RT @mintocondos: 2011 is Toronto’s year of the highrise!
Cheers, Ralph

Sun Glare While Driving – Jan 2012

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition) for the month of January 2012 and most contain links to news articles.

Four injured in sun glare accident in Ulster Park, NY.

@TeamHendrick How much does sun/shade affect track speeds?

Ottawa commuters, beware of low sun week of Jan 30 w/b on e-w streets like Baseline +/- 4:30 pm, and w/b 417 between Woodroffe and Greenbank +/- 3:55 pm.

Toronto commuters, beware of low sun week of Jan 30 e/b Gardiner between Parkside and Jameson +/- 8:15 am.

Driver couldn't see due to sun glare and drove into construction hole.

Sun glare Blamed After Motorcyclist Injured in New Braunfels, TX.

Driver that killed woman in Shaw UK 'may have been blinded by the sun'.

Sun glare causes 5 crashes and major morning backup in Charlottesville, VA.

Police: “Don’t expect that the car driver will always see you...they may have sun in their eyes...".

SUV driver blinded by sun glare runs stop sign, hits school bus, injures 11 in Chambersburg, PA.

Driver blinded by sun glare pulls out in front of tractor-trailer in Rumford, ME.

30 vehicles ensnared in mass crash in Germany.

Crash accused ‘blinded by sun’ in UK.

Even snow plows not immune to black ice. Beware of shaded sections of road > Plow flips over in Milford, CT.

Sun glare possible cause > Man walking bike is killed on West Side in San Antonio, TX.

Another pedestrian fatality due to sun glare and left-turning vehicle > Des Moines, IA.

Sun glare likely cause > Woman killed, husband injured, on pedestrian crossing in Shaw, UK.

Sun glare during left turn possible factor again > Teen pedestrian injured in crash in Aurora, CO.

Sun glare is on list > NY State Thruway Authority: Winter Weather is Here. Practice These Driving Tips.

Lifeguard killed crossing Leduc, Alberta, street 1/2 hr after sunrise. Sun glare being looked at by RCMP.

Update - Woman, 84, dies from accident in Southampton, PA caused by sun glare.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle on Bow Trail in Calgary.

Sun glare an issue - low sun this time of year blinds drivers > Pedestrian Fatality Investigation Launched in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Elderly woman hit in Calgary crosswalk.

Police: Woman struck by car in Southampton, PA. Sun glare may be to blame.

1 dead, 1 critical after pickup strikes bikes in Amarillo, TX. Driver was “impaired by the sun”.

Pedestrian struck, killed while out for walk in Knoxville, TN.

Death crash driver in Bristol, UK 'dazzled by the sun'.

Fatal-crash driver blinded by rising sun, jury hears in UK.

Car hit by TRAX train in West Jordan, UT, crossing arms and warning lights working, sun glare may have been factor.

Ohio State student killed in New Jersey crash, sun low in sky at time, driver possibly blinded by sun.

School bus crash in Brookneal, VA, visibility was limited due to the location of the sun.

Motorcyclist killed pulling out in front of car in Louisville, KY, couldn't tell colour of traffic light due to sun glare.

Cheers, Ralph