Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – December 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).
@MirvishGehryTO Thanks for following. Best wishes in bringing your world-class proposal to fruition.

How the Dutch got their cycle paths | NL Cycling
NETHERLANDS - How did the Dutch get their cycling infrastructure? This question keeps coming back because it is of course relevant to people who want what the Dutch have.
Road building traditions go back a long way and they are influenced by many factors. But the way Dutch streets and roads are built today is largely the result of deliberate political decisions in the 1970s to turn away from the car centric policies of the prosperous post war era. Changed ideas about mobility, safer and more livable cities and about the environment led to a new type of streets in the Netherlands…
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Let there be light and space | Toronto Star – Homes
THOROLD, ON - Maximizing sunlight and fresh air, Active House gets its name from the proactive way it achieves beautiful, energizing living spaces. The prototype in Thorold was designed by a team that includes architects from Denmark and the award-winning Toronto firm Superk├╝l…


Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – December 2013

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments. They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).
@SkyJacked793 Hey Rob, mark your calendar for Dec 9 - earliest Toronto sunset of the year - 4:41 pm.

Believe it or not, the afternoons are getting longer already. Dec 9th was the earliest sunset of the year in Toronto.

Only 8h 56m sunlight in Toronto today (Dec 21). The good news is the days start getting longer again tomorrow.

6 minutes less daylight in Barrie than Toronto today (Dec 21). Wow, and Barrie is only 100 km north!

The shortest day of the year today (Dec 21). Zzzzzzzzz.

Let's hope for overcast skies > Cloud cover best for Winter Classic | Toronto Sun
DETROIT, MI - Rain delays in baseball are commonplace.
But sun delays in hockey?…
Forecasts are calling for overcast skies with a 30-40% chance of flurries.
That’s good news. Because, for these outdoor games, clouds are good. Sunshine is not…
On Sunday, the OHL game between Windsor and Saginaw at Comerica Park was pushed back 98 minutes because of the sun’s glare off the ice surface.
“You can be as cold as you want,” said NHL ice guru Dan Craig, the man overseeing the surface at the Big House. “If we have bright sunshine, we have a problem.”
Bright afternoon sunshine would create issues for any team defending the north end of Michigan Stadium…
image from Toronto Sun

Bright sunshine, as the AHL Marlies and Hamilton Bulldogs experienced in their outdoor game two seasons ago, can cause glare off the ice.
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Cheers, Ralph

Sun Glare While Driving – December 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).

Great advice! MT @PennDOTNews: Keep your visors clear of clutter! Sun glare can blind you in an instant.

Another 'left turn plus sun glare' crash. Happens all too often > Driver cited sun glare as the cause of a collision with a cyclist | Wicked Local Waltham

WALTHAM, MA - The visibly upset driver of a Volvo cited sun glare as the cause of a collision with a cyclist…

The driver, who was taking a left turn into Dunkin' Donuts from Linden Street at Middlesex Road, was cited for failure to yield, according to police…

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Blame it on the Sun: Plausible Legal Defense | Legal Playground

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - There are times when natural occurring events are the cause of an auto accident or traffic offense. Not including severe weather which can obviously cause traffic violations to occur, these events can cause even the best driver to react wrong to the situation.

• Sun Glare. If the sun hits your eyes in just the right way while you are driving, you can be instantly blinded, this is common fact. But the sun can also reflect off of other objects leading to traffic violations. The sun reflecting off of a traffic signal can make it impossible to tell the color or position of the light. This can also impact being able to see brake lights and rear turn signals. In one article that was shared on an Orlando traffic ticket lawyer blog, a 61-year old Orlando man was able to get his ticket dismissed by arguing that the glare affected his vision…

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The sun ‘was just so bright’: 2 city police units caught in chain-reaction wrecks just before twilight | The Idaho State Journal

POCATELLO, ID — A blinding sunset caused a bad case of Benton Street bumper cars Thursday afternoon on the railroad overpass…

It all began when a Pocatello police car stopped in the westbound lane on the Benton Street overpass to assist a disabled 1991 Ford pickup driven by Corey M. Harward, 36, of Pocatello. The officer was out of his vehicle when it was struck from behind by a white 2000 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Christopher J. Pickens, 21, of Pocatello.

The force of that collision pushed the police car into the back of Harward’s pickup and sent it rolling down the west side of the overpass, where it came to rest on the sidewalk next to the retaining wall. 

Responding to that accident, a Pocatello patrol vehicle stopped in the north lane of the overpass, just east of the crash site, to divert traffic around the wreck. The officer had his emergency lights engaged when Jordan O. Sands, 20, of Pocatello drove his red 2000 Grand Am into the rear of the patrol unit. After Sands climbed out of his car, it was struck from behind by a maroon 1990 Toyota Camry driven by Jelinek.

The front ends of all three cars where completely collapsed by the impacts and the first police car involved had heavy damage to the front and rear of the unit.

As officers at the scene were investigating, drivers Pickens and Sands both told police they were completely blinded by the sun, which was going down over the west bench.

“It was just so bright. I couldn’t see a thing,” Sands said…

Like the other drivers, Jelinek said he was completely blinded by the setting sun. “I couldn’t see anything,” Jelinek said…


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Sun a factor in three crashes on southbound Highway 400 | CTV News

BARRIE, ON - Emergency crews responded to three separate crashes on Highway 400 today.

And police say sun and glare played a role.

One crash was between Innisfil Beach Road and Mapleview Drive, the other south of IBR, and a third north of Mapleview…


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Leave extra room when driving in sun glare - brake lights ahead might be hard to see.

Cheers, Ralph