Monday, March 3, 2014

Sun Glare While Driving – February 2014

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).
Minibus driver cleared over Southampton cyclist death, low sun and glare given as explanation for crash |
SOUTHAMPTON, UK - A minibus driver who admitted hitting a cyclist with his wing mirror has been found not guilty of causing death by careless driving.
David Irving, a 48-year-old IT consultant from Wimborne in Dorset, died at the scene of the crash in Southampton on the morning of December 17, 2012.
Driver Steven Petterson, 38, said bright sunlight and glare stopped him from seeing Mr Irving…

Sun Glare, Ice May Have Caused Turnpike Pileup | NBC News

PHILADELPHIA, PA - An unfortunate combination of sun glare and refrozen snow may have caused the multiple car crash nightmare along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in suburban Philadelphia on Friday morning…
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Toronto drivers be prepared - the sun sets the week of Feb 17 along w/b Gardiner btwn Park Lawn and 427 (17:55+/-).

Margaret ‏@TorontoViewer: I was just thinking at 9 this morning that I wd NOT want to be driving east to my cottage in pec Wd be BLINDED!

RB: As if that stretch of 401 hasn't been bad enough lately...

Ottawa drivers be prepared - the sun sets the week of Feb 17 along w/b 417 just west of 416 (17:35+/-).

Brian‏@BrianFH2: @SunPosition Pertaining to a traffic accident, would you know if using the sun or it's glare as a defence be accepted by a judge?

RB: Sure, sun glare has been successfully used as a defence in the past. Depends on the circumstances.
Brian‏@BrianFH2: I appreciate your reply. I do a lot of driving. Thank-you.

Sun glare season upon us again. Anticipate where the sun will be BEFORE rounding the next curve.

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – February 2014

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).
Mixed-use project, The Well, proposed for 7.7 acre Globe and Mail lands | BuzzBuzzHome

TORONTO, ON - Once the Globe and Mail has moved into its new headquarters on King Street East, the surrounding 7.7-acre site bordered by Wellington, Spadina and Front streets could be re-developed into a large-scale, mixed-use community. The project price tag is reported to be $1.4-billion.
RioCan REIT, Allied Properties REIT and Diamond Corp. announced today they will be filing plans with the City of Toronto for a new neighbourhood made up of office, retail and residential space.
Dubbed “The Well,” plans for the site include more than a million square feet of residential space and more than a million square feet of office space. Stephen Diamond, President and CEO of Diamond Corp, suggested that the majority of the buildings on site would include a combination of all three uses.
Diamond also explained building heights in the neighbourhood would be staggered in height west to east, meaning structures would grow in height approaching the core, culminating in an office tower at the corner Spadina Avenue and Front Street West…
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Open house planned for controversial Waterloo condo project | The Record
WATERLOO, ON - After more than 10 years of planning and public consultation, Auburn Developments is one step closer to Waterloo council's approval of a controversial condo project at 31 Alexandra Ave.
Consultants from GSP Group, on behalf of the developer, will host an open house Thursday to present the newest version of the project to the public.
Ryan Mounsey, city manager of expansion and retention services, said the developer has responded to concerns about the project from the neighbourhood.
"This is a voluntary consultation process that's gaining additional input," he said. "It's really trying to flesh out at a neighbourhood level what some of the issues are."
At an informal public meeting in April, citizens expressed concern about the scale of the project, traffic and shadow impact.
Mounsey said councillors asked Auburn to go back to the neighbourhood to sort out some of the issues…
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Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – February 2014

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments. They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).
Our sunrise/sunset tables have been updated for this month -

There's Wiarton Willie and Punxsutawney Phil. How about a town to host Groundhog Day for Si? @williebosshog @RobertsonPhill

Wiarton Willie sees shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter | CityNews Toronto
WIARTON, ON - Ontario’s Wiarton Willie emerged from his cozy den Sunday morning and immediately spotted his shadow, which according to groundhog folklore means Canadians can expect six more weeks of what has already been a long, cold, snowy winter…
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Toronto milestone today Feb 4. 10 hrs of daylight.

Barrie milestone today Feb 5. 10 hrs of daylight.
Keith Maxwell‏@MaxontheCoast: Bring it on!
RB: Looks like Vancouver will have to wait until Feb 12th for 10 hrs of daylight.
Keith Maxwell‏@MaxontheCoast: I'll try to be patient
RB: Unfortunately no choice :)
Keith Maxwell‏@MaxontheCoast: very true! Enjoying the sun right now, though. Minus 4C - cold for here
RB: Well, you can look forward to 16h 15m of daylight on June 21st in Vancouver.

Hey Ottawa, 11 hrs of daylight arrives tomorrow Feb 27.

Cheers, Ralph