Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sun Glare While Driving – May 2013

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


2013-05-27      Reminder for motorists to drive according to conditions, especially when influenced by sun glare -

2013-05-24      Gasoline and alcohol don't mix. Ruins your engine - and tastes awful.

2013-05-21      Holiday weekend traffic: Hard to focus on stop and go traffic ahead while keeping an eye on tailgater behind me.

2013-05-21      Holiday weekend traffic: Signalling lane changes seemed optional for a lot of drivers this weekend.

2013-05-21      Sun was setting and visibility might not have been great. Inquest into plane, chopper collision -

2013-05-09      Drivers, keep sunglasses in your vehicle and keep windows clean, inside and out > Sun glare blamed in crash -

2013-05-07      Cyclists and peds, when your shadow points toward an oncoming vehicle, pls assume the driver can't see you.

2013-05-07      Cyclists and peds, pls be aware when drivers are fighting sun glare.

2013-05-06      Edmonton cyclist dies after being hit by left-turning truck. Sun glare suspected factor -

2013-05-01      Oh, and here's my other interest, the role that sun glare plays in traffic accidents...

Leigh Buchan‏@lives2talk: What about the impact of tall shiny towers on re-directing sun glare?

RB:  Funny you should ask... I've been involved in those as well.

Leigh Buchan‏@lives2talk: That's why nervous driving near glass towers not in concrete jungle. Wonder if architects take reflected sun into consideration

RB:  Have dealt with that on several projects.

Leigh Buchan‏@lives2talk: Do you have to get architects to alter the plans or are you poste accident?

RB:  I have worked with architects at the building design stage and with investigators post-accident.

Leigh Buchan‏@lives2talk: Are accidents of reflected sunglare off of bldgs the fault of driver or the bldg's owner?

RB:  That would be one for the courts to decide. Likely just an accident, but if there's a history with the building, who knows.

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – May 2013

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


2013-05-27      Mumbai may get exemption from high-rise rules -

2013-05-24      Mexican Museum project clears shadow hurdle -

2013-05-24      High-rise planned for Connaught too tall, residents worry 22-sty bldg will cast shadow in Calgary neighbourhood -

2013-05-24      Proposed San Francisco Condo High-Rise Could Cast Shadow on Union Square -

2013-05-24      A taller, smaller and more expensive housing market in Toronto -

2013-05-23      Planned East Village High-Rise Could Disturb the Dead, Preservationists Say -

2013-05-23      Ottawa Council endorses Roosevelt condo towers -

2013-05-22      Winnipeg's tallest high-rise to go up at Graham and Garry, to include condos, offices, grocery options -

2013-05-15      High-rise plans horrify. Shading would be a major issue with cafe visitors missing out on the sun -

2013-05-12      RT @HaririPontarini: What the foot of Yonge St. might look like in five years

2013-05-06      Suing over shadows > Lawsuit over high-rise says shadow would hurt neighborhood -

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – May 2013

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


2013-05-06      Peak UV occurs at solar noon - 1:14 pm in Toronto this week, 12:59 pm in Ottawa.


Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous Tweets – May 2013

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


2013-05-14      Cruel stat. Leafs unbeaten in regulation time in 5 of 7 games, Bruins 4 of 7.

2013-05-14      @Cmdr_Hadfield Welcome back Commander. The landing was spectacular to watch. Will you forever be able to use the title Commander? Hope so.

2013-05-13      Ya, makes sens to me. RT @ottawasuncom: Toronto gives up 3-goal lead to lose to Boston in OT  Would that be a Leaf blower?

2013-05-13      RT @csa_asc: First glance @Cmdr_Hadfield! We're really happy to see you! Welcome home! #CSATweetup

2013-05-13      RT @T_Burrows: Stories of Canadian triumph and tragedy in less than one hour: @cmdr_hadfield  and @mapleleafs

2013-05-11      Elliotte Friedman‏@FriedgeHNIC: Weird watching a game from a couch on Saturday night

      RB:  The couch part is normal for me, but no Leafs?...

Cheers, Ralph