Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sun Glare While Driving – November 2015

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


Read our weekly news summary “Sun Glare and Driving” at:   http://paper.li/SunPosition/1376354290

RT YoungDriversofCanada @YoungDrivers The Fall Back time change can cause traffic collisions. Read more at https://www.yd.com/blog/fall-back-time-change-may-cause-collisions/

A study conducted by the Insurance Bureau of British Columbia (ICBC) revealed that the two weeks following the end of daylight savings time resulted in a 16 per cent increase in the average number of vehicle collisions in the late afternoon commute of motorists...

> @YoungDrivers Plus, sun conditions will be quite different after the time change. Anticipate and adjust. https://t.co/4wq90RIkOY


RT Shane O'Connor @oconnorshane Bowie Patch: Schools Ban Bus Drivers From Texting While On Road

> @oconnorshane  seriously? It's sad when the only way to stop texting is by banning it.

http://patch.com/maryland/bowie/schools-ban-bus-drivers-texting-while-road-0

Prince George's County Public Schools bus drivers now face the loss of their jobs if they use cell phones while driving.
Prince George’s County school officials have changed policy to make texting while driving a school bus an infraction that could result in a driver’s firing.
The change was made this week after NBCWashington recently shared video of a county school bus reportedly texting while driving students…


Reminder to drivers - due to the time change , sun conditions will be completely different this week from what you're used to.

RT PennDOT ?@PennDOTNews Keep your visors clear of clutter!  Sun glare can blind you in an instant.  See http://goo.gl/8txkGQ for more fall safe driving tips. > Safe driving tips for Fall from @PennDOTNews https://t.co/hlaYxwyqnH      

PennDOT reminds motorists that wet leaves, fog, sun glare and frost are a few driving hazards that they will encounter this fall but there are steps drivers can take to help make their commutes safer…
Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset which coincide with morning and evening rush hours. The intense glare from the sun on the horizon can blind a driver, causing an unexpected traffic slowdown…

RT Scott Marshall @SafeDriver  Driving into the sunset (or sunrise) isn't always romantic. Here's a few tips to help drivers with the glare;

image via http://bit.ly/18TG0aR

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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.
The most common thing drivers do when they’re faced with bright sunshine are sunglasses. Wearing a pair of sunglasses will help to block the glare, not just the brightness. They help you focus on the things you need to while driving, including the traffic lights, pedestrians, road signs and other road users….
Other than sunglasses, don’t forget about the sun visor to help block the sun...
Sometimes the sun can be high enough to not really bother us, but the added glare from the sun can make it difficult for us to see properly while driving. To help reduce this glare, ensure you clean the inside of your windshield regularly. Using a glass cleaner will help get rid of the grime that seems to gradually build up over a period of time. If you allow smoking in your vehicle, cleaning the inside of each window every few weeks will make a huge difference.
Here’s the second worst case scenario. You’re heading toward the sun with sunglasses on, the sun visor lowered and the inside of the windshield clean, but the sun is below the visor and it prohibits your view, what can you do? If you always keep a hat with a brim, such like a baseball hat it can help to shield the sun while you drive…
Regardless of all the things you’ve done to help keep your visibility while driving toward the bright sun, it’s getting tougher to see clearly from that glare, what do you do? Pull over to a safe place and wait for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until the sun has gone behind the buildings or trees. Once that happens, you know you’re good to go again…

> Thank you to Scott Marshall for the great tips.


Time change hazards for driving - https://t.co/DYkkdO0B3k

Every year when the time changes occur, in the spring and fall, the risk of commercial motor vehicles being involved in a crash increases. The change in sunlight hours can be disruptive to a driver’s routine and increase the likelihood of a crash, such as a rear-ending or lane change crash.
Two hazards associated with the time change season are sun glare and reduced visibility. During these periods, the angle of the sun changes which can create sun glare that is problematic to all drivers. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, sun glare contributed to 16.4% of crashes…


Sun glare partially responsible >

Car accidents on Grand Island Bridge cause severe delays - https://t.co/1sznmPP6Zk via @WGRZ

Some people’s already busy morning rush was delayed even further after several car accidents on the I-190 Monday morning.
State Police say there were at least six car accidents on the Southbound South Grand Island Bridge. The accidents caused both lanes to be closed and severe backups.
Three of the accidents involved multiple cars. They took place about a quarter of a mile from the base of the bridge.
Police say the sun glare was partially responsible…


RT @NHTSAgov cautions clock adjustment may catch drivers by surprise - sun glare or darkness at different parts of familiar drive.

RT LititzDailyNews.com @LititzDaily  Was End of Daylight Saving Time a Factor in Lititz Pedestrian Fatality? http://tinyurl.com/p2krhak 

The accident came one day after the end of Daylight Saving Time, during what is reportedly the most dangerous week of the year for pedestrians.  Just two days prior, there was still waning daylight at 5:45 p.m along Woodcrest Avenue.
But after the abrupt end to Daylight Saving Time early Sunday morning, the sky would be dark along the popular street for joggers, bike riders, and pedestrians when Grover and her canine companion crossed the road Monday night.
Could the sudden end to Daylight Saving Time have been a factor in the accident? Tonight, the sun will set at 5 p.m. in Lititz, as family and friends of Karen Grover grieve her passing…
The NHTSA also cautions that the clock adjustment could catch some drivers by surprise – with sun glare or darkness occurring during different parts of their familiar driving routine.
According to a 1995 study, a change from daylight to twilight was associated with about a 300% increase in fatal pedestrian crashes. Based on their findings, the authors of the study predicted that retaining Daylight Savings Time year-round would save an average of 180 pedestrian lives each year…


According to 1995 study, a change from daylight to twilight was associated with about 300% increase in fatal pedestrian crashes.

Sun glare being investigated >

One woman killed, another injured in South End crash - Boston News | https://t.co/UEDmNe6kzO  

RT antoinette antonio @antoinetteA Driver says sun blinded her just before she hit two women, one died.

Sun glare may be to blame in fatal crash | WCVB Home https://t.co/JbpB9Uy2jC via @WCVB

BOSTON - Two older female pedestrians were hit in the South End Wednesday afternoon, and one of them has died.
Police said the two were hit at Tremont Street and West Brookline Avenue...
Now investigators are trying to figure out if it was sun glare that caused the crash. No charges have been filed against the driver...


Sun glare + frost on windshield >

High-collision location - Williams Lake Tribune https://t.co/dihCiI3s1I via @BlackPressMedia


RT Today's Country 95-5 ?@country95 Driver involved in Whoop-Up collision in critical condition. Sun glare may be contributing factor in crash... http://fb.me/vPGB0bvP

Emergency crews respond to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Western Avenue and Johnson Street Tuesday morning. Williams Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. Del Byron said the motor vehicle incident occurred at approximately 8:15 a.m. when a southbound driver on Western Avenue ran through the stop sign obscured by frost on the windshield and the morning sun’s glare and T-boned another vehicle...


NASCAR drivers planning for sun glare @PhoenixRaceway need to know this - https://t.co/yU4J1P1s60

Jimmie Johnson:  “The late stages at PIR are tough with the sun in your eyes.”

PIR sun angles


Environmental conditions, including sun glare, are believed to have contributed to crash in Lethbridge - https://t.co/GxiWon7PBF

On Nov. 13, 2015 just after 3:30 p.m. police and paramedics responded to a report of a collision in the westbound lanes of Whoop Up Drive near the University Drive exit. Investigation determined a Pontiac Montana collided with the back of a wheeled loader that was in the process of removing snow from the roadway. The 72-year-old male driver of the mini-van sustained life-threatening injuries and after being extricated from his vehicle he was transported to Chinook Regional Hospital. He is currently in critical condition and not expected to survive. The driver of the loader was not injured.
Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in this collision, however environmental conditions, including sun glare, are believed to have contributed to the crash...


Deer season. Sun glare can make it very difficult to see deer that are about to cross the road >

Morris County Motorists Should be on the Alert During Deer Rutting Season - https://t.co/Uw6iMw8zik

State wildlife officials are reminding motorists from across Morris County, from Lincoln Park and East Hanover to Jefferson and Long Valley, to be alert for white-tailed deer crossing their roads with the arrival of the fall breeding season, a time of year when deer may unexpectedly dart onto roads and cause accidents.
Motorists are urged to be especially attentive during morning and evening commutes when visibility may be poor, according to experts from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife...
During rutting season, deer are most active in the very early morning hours and around sunset, when visibility conditions can be very difficult. This is when bucks are most actively pursuing does thus aligning commuting times with periods when deer are most active.
Low levels of light and sun glare can make it very difficult to see deer that are about to cross the road. Moreover, multiple deer may cross the road at any given moment, usually in a single file…


Plan to remove crosswalk with sun glare problems >
LAH City Council addresses traffic safety concerns https://t.co/yYadyKaMj6

Days are potentially numbered for a contentious crosswalk used by some Gardner Bullis School students to cross Fremont Road.
During their monthly meeting Thursday, Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers voted unanimously to instigate a 30-day public notice period announcing their intention to remove the crosswalk, located on the east side of Fremont Pines Lane in front of the school. The crosswalk is the site of at least one vehicle-versus- pedestrian accident and several near misses.
Sun glare obscuring eastbound motorists’ visibility is a likely cause of the traffic incidents, according to a city staff report. Last year, an accident involving a student cyclist struck by a car prompted city officials to relocate the crosswalk from the west side of Fremont Pines Lane to the east side and to install a flashing crosswalk sign, but accidents persist. Councilmembers Thursday indicated that removing the crosswalk would force pedestrians to cross Fremont at nearby intersections marked by stop signs...


Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – November 2015

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

Check out our weekly news summary “Sun, Shadow & Urban Development” at  http://paper.li/SunPosition/1376522926


What are your thoughts about shadowing from proposed buildings?
Take our survey - http://t.co/RrxLfmSoMX

Which cities are in housing bubble territory? New index tracks international markets https://t.co/yvsmtob764 via @buzzbuzzhome

Given all the talk of housing bubbles in some of the world’s hottest real estate markets, it was only a matter of time before economists developed an index geared toward tracking them.
With UBS CIO Wealth Management’s first Global Real Estate Bubble Index, released yesterday, the global financial services firm has looked for signs of housing bubbles in 15 major financial centres…


Houston residents sue over planned assisted living development, claim shadow could threaten pool > https://t.co/llQ8477d8I

When people own property, they often want to do everything they can to protect its value. In some cases, the value of the property is effected by the area surrounding the property. A park, lake or public amenity, for example, might increase the value of a person's property. Whereas, a highway or high crime venue might lower the value. When something threatens the value of a person's property, legal action might be required.
In a recent case, residents of an affluent high rise in downtown Houston have filed a suit against a developer. In this real estate litigation case, the owners of luxury condos located on South Shepherd have filed suit against the developer of an potential senior living center. The residents are located in two buildings -- the Renoir Lofts and the Gotham Lofts. The planned development would be placed in between the two high-end buildings.
In the suit, residents are claiming that the senior living center threatens the value of their property…


How tolerant are homeowners of shadowing from proposed development?
Take our survey - https://t.co/RrxLfmSoMX

Central Park Shadow Talk Is 'Overblown,' REBNY Report Says https://t.co/NAxSbJnMXp via @CurbedNY

The Real Estate Board of New York has released a report based on a round-table discussion on the impacts of the city's latest group of sky-grazing towers. It should come as no surprise that the five panelists tapped to lead the discussion by the pro-development group ultimately found that accusations against the city's slew of new supertall development, especially concerning the buildings on Central Park South and the shadows they'll cast, "[ignore] the history of development and zoning in New York, [overlook] the zoning rules that applied to the building of towers, [dismiss] the economic benefits from these projects, and [are] in many instances misleading." To unravel these accusations, REBNY compiled the content of the discussion into a report arranged in the question and answer format… 

RT SoPlace ?@SoPlacers How Placemaking Is Becoming Indispensible For Developers. http://www.theurbandeveloper.com/placemaking-becoming-indispensible-developers/

As Australia’s population continues to surge upwards and higher density living becomes the norm, many architects and urban planners are focussing on ways to ensure that urban areas feel like real communities instead of concrete jungles.
This movement, which is known as “placemaking” is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces which aims to create public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well-being…

RT Puissant Dope ?@PuissantDope 72 Carlton - Core Architects. The curved surfaces of the tower is awe-inspiring

image via https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CT96FafWUAEzM_p.jpg:large



> Proud to be part of this team.


Shadow impacts reduced >

Equity Residential Hoping Project Changes Will Secure BRA Approval - https://t.co/TvueO7edkC

BOSTON—Equity Residential reports that it has received neighborhood support from more than 1,100 West End residents on the latest revisions to its proposed $350-million tower project at the Garden Garage project site here…


Supes Vote Unanimously To Let 75 Howard High-Rise Move Forward https://t.co/kf14bL0BMC via @HoodlineSF

Barring any further legal battles, the proposed luxury condo and mixed-use high-rise at 75 Howard St. will move ahead, after a unanimous decision by the Board of Supervisors in the early morning hours of Wednesday. The board voted to reject an appeal to an environmental impact review (EIR) of the project, which was brought by many of the same opponents who fought the proposed 8 Washington condos and have been involved in other waterfront development debates…
One of opponents' biggest objections to 75 Howard is that it will cast shadows on Rincon Park. They've asked for step-downs toward the waterfront to minimize the shadows, which they say will violate the Sunlight Ordinance. (The appellant letter from Rincon Point Neighbors Association suggests a "100-foot alternative.") However, no changes have been made to the design; Clemens said in an email that any further changes will be worked out collaboratively with the Planning Department.
Danny Yadegar, legislative aide to District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, pointed out that any building higher than 100 feet tall will cast a shadow (the current garage is 91 feet). Also, he said the developer told Kim that the building's design includes a 20-foot parapet of glass, which isn't "as impactful" as if it were a solid mass…


Ryerson Names Health Sciences Complex for Daphne Cockwell https://t.co/D7cNjur3vx via @urban_toronto

In recognition of an $8 million donation from Brookfield Asset Management's Group Chairman, Jack Cockwell, and his family, Ryerson University has announced that its coming Church Street development will be named in honour of Mr. Cockwell's mother, Daphne, for her lifelong commitment to helping others. Designed by architects Perkins + Will, the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex will rise 27 storeys on Church Street just north of Dundas, replacing a surface parking lot with 18,600 square metres of new space. The building will be the new home of Ryerson’s School of Nutrition, School of Occupational and Public Health, the Midwifery Education program, the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, and others...

> Proud to be part of this team.


San Francisco Planning Department Proposes Increasing Heights in Neighborhoods https://t.co/BG8MJGMt5w via @planetizen

The San Francisco Planning Department is proposing a trade-off to neighborhoods to comply with a state density bonus law: Modestly increase height and density limits in exchange for more affordable housing…


Tower's profile reduces shadows >

The Clover on Yonge by Cresford Development - https://t.co/MCPwZPtbTD

The Clover on Yonge is a new mixed-use high-rise condominium development currently in pre-construction at 587 to 599 Yonge Street, 2 and 4 Dundonald Street and 7 and 9 Gloucester Street in Toronto, Ontario by Cresford Development Corporation.  It consists of a proposed 44 storey residential building with 420 dwelling units on top of a four-storey podium with retail commercial use space.
The Clover on Yonge Condos is located on the east side of Yonge Street and will occupy the entire block between Dundonald Street and Gloucester Street and will be approximately 148 metres (including mechanical penthouse) tall on top of a 4-storey base containing retail commercial uses.  "The site currently contains six buildings ranging in heights from one to three storeys and a mix of uses including residential, retail, and office.  Some of the buildings were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s, while two of the buildings were built in the 1970s.  None of the buildings are designated or listed on the City of Toronto's Heritage Inventory."
The original proposal was for a 49 storey (163 metres) condo with 514 units but the revised proposal now consists of a proposed 44 storey tower on the south end of the site stepping down to 18 storeys (61.4 metres) at the north end of the site.  The revised architectural drawing revisions improves the original proposal by having the tower design within the 75 degree angular plane, stepping the tower down to the north and reshaping and slimming the tower's profile to reduce the shadow impact on the low-rise buildings located within the neighbourhood to the east as much as possible… 

> Proud to be part of this team.


Great-looking project >

DiamondCorp, Metropia to Intensify Underutilized Midtown Site | Urban Toronto https://t.co/dSG3Hms6zL

Developers Diamond Corp and Metropia will add a TACT Architecture-designed 28-storey, 94.25-metre tower with 315 residential units plus six integrated towns at the base, and 39 back-to-back townhomes on the west side of the site. 11 existing affordable housing townhouse units fronting onto Pears Avenue will be torn down to make way for a new three-storey residential building. The existing towns, which sit above the site's below-grade parking garage, will be fully replaced by new-built homes for TCHC residents in a new townhouse block on the east side of the existing building…
An initial concept was met with some resistance from residents of the existing apartment tower and representatives of the Annex Residents Association. A number of concerns were raised during pre-application community consultation meetings over the past year, including issues related to the loss of green space, tower separation, new building height, parking availability, improvements to the existing apartment building, relocation of existing townhouse units, wind conditions, shadow impact and views…
The developers have addressed the concerns in a revised proposal that shifts the new tower to the western end of the site, and modifies the existing parking garage to allow greening of the existing surface parking lot. Local residents will be given the opportunity to learn more about the proposal at a follow-up community consultation being planned for the first quarter of 2016. A Final Report by Toronto's Planning Department is expected to follow in the third quarter of 2016…

> Proud to be part of this team.


RT Construction Dive @constructdive Dubbed The Bride of the Gulf, this 3,780-ft skyscraper would dethrone the titleholder of world's tallest building: http://bit.ly/1MP2uXS

World's tallest building and 'first vertical city' planned for Iraq | Construction Dive https://t.co/pZ42crezLw

The AMBS Architects group has proposed a 3,780-foot-tall skyscraper, dubbed "The Bride of the Gulf," for Basra Province, Iraq, according to Dezeen magazine. The building, at 230 stories topped with a 617-foot antenna, would be the tallest in the world. The world’s tallest building currently is Dubai’s 2,723-foot Burj Khalifa skyscraper.
The planned building in Iraq includes four conjoined towers with a glazed canopy on its south facade, a "veil" designed to provide shade to the complex’s low-rise buildings and public areas. The complex’s three other towers are 2,375-feet-tall, 1,588-feet-tall and 200-feet-tall…


Plans proposed for six-story building at Third and Walnut site in Lansdale - Montgomery News https://t.co/l0pScHYwgN

Plans are taking shape for a six-story apartment building to be built on the site of the former Third and Walnut Street bar in Lansdale, and the developer behind it is hoping to make a statement…

Brilliant >

The London Borough of Camden goes live with Smart Parking tech | Smart Parking: https://t.co/OWPuvYStut

The London Borough of Camden goes live with Smart Parking technology transforming the parking experience in key on-street locations across the borough.
With over 500,000 vehicles traveling through the central London Borough of Camden on a daily basis the demand for the use of limited space - for moving traffic, for servicing and for parking - considerably exceeds capacity and finding a parking space is not always easy.
The stress this puts on the local area in terms of congestion requires Camden Council to take stock of parking conditions in the borough and respond to them proactively, balancing the needs of residents and businesses, and those of the many people who work, study and visit Camden.
With this in mind, this week will see Camden Council take an innovative approach to these issues by deploying Smart Parking’s SmartPark solution. The solution involves the installation of 367 RFID-equipped SmartEye vehicle detection sensors, linked via SmartLink data transmitters in and around Central Camden and Camden Town…


Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – November 2015

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
http://www.sunposition.com/tables.html


‘Standard' Time applies to only 1/3 of the year??
RT Angeline Eriksson @angelinedesign  I don't know @SunPosition @shawnmicallef still looking pretty henge-y out there
> RB: @angelinedesign @shawnmicallef I'm just happy the sun didn't disappear altogether after Oct 26th. ;)

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image source - https://twitter.com/angelinedesign/status/661301939553050625


RT antoinette antonio @antoinetteA Driver says sun blinded her just before she hit two women, one died. Story in NewsToGo 

image source - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTC6s8tWEAA8Nxx.jpg

ICYWW, my twitter header photo is of the sundial I designed for the Air India Flight 182 memorial in Humber Bay Park East in Toronto

image via sunposition.com


RT The Weather Network @weathernetwork Winter blues already? Study finds light therapy may treat all depression, not just SAD.

Light therapy has long been used to treat the 'winter blues' or seasonal depression, but now a new study suggests the treatment could be used to ease symptoms of other forms of depression.

read more - http://bit.ly/1lzoijr
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RT Mark Tarello @mark_tarello  WOW! Amazing sunset reflection tonight on the New York City Skyline. Photo: Inga Sarda-Sorensen.

source - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CUnxoIGUAAIBQRT.jpg:large

Sunset thru 'steam' rising from bay in Barrie ON in -22C weather -
photo by Ralph Bouwmeester


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image source - https://t.co/sd1Hj1K1nw


Cheers, Ralph

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sun Glare While Driving – October 2015

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


Read our weekly news summary “Sun Glare and Driving” at:   http://paper.li/SunPosition/1376354290


Hung out my shingle 20 years ago today Oct 2nd. Seems like only yesterday. Thank you to all my Clients for their support over the years.


Great fall driving tips

With fall in full swing, drivers can face a series of new challenges.

Of course the most common is an increase in deer activity. Last year more than 18,000 deer were in hit in Wisconsin and the numbers trend upwards in autumn. Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger is urging motorists to use extra caution, especially at dawn and dusk, prime time for deer to be moving…

In addition to deer, harvest season is also underway, meaning farmers and motorists are sharing the road in many areas...

Finally the sun’s glare can be blinding at day break and sunset. IN addition to slowing down the DOT reminds drivers to use their visor, try polarized sun glasses and keep your windshield as clean as possible.

source: https://t.co/mJlRKlTXVC


September was a bad month for sun glare while driving

more - http://t.co/YWTHmM2QmU


Sun glare being investigated >

Groundskeeper killed in crash died of multiple traumatic injuries

WEST CHESTER TWP. — A 68-year-old man killed in a Tuesday morning crash died of multiple traumatic injuries, according to a Butler County Coroner’s Office autopsy performed today. 

The death has been ruled accidental, according to the coroner’s office.

Terry Frey, of West Chester Twp., was pronounced dead at the Beckett Ridge Boulevard crash scene at about 8:30 a.m. Frey was traveling east on Beckett Ridge near Sawgrass Drive when his utility vehicle was hit from behind by a Honda Odyssey driven by Ashley Money, 29, of West Chester Twp., according to Officer Michelle Berling…

West Chester police are investigating the crash, but speed, alcohol and cell phone use are not believed to be factors, Berling said.

Investigators are working to determine if sun glare was a factor.

more - https://t.co/pnRePzFqTi


Driver blames blinding sun after hitting Marshall Co. woman -  Montgomery Alabama news.

BOAZ, AL (WAFF) - A Marshall County woman was sent to the hospital after she was hit by a car while crossing a street in the city of Boaz.

Boaz police say the incident happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 168 near Weathers Hardware…

Police say the driver claims to have been blinded by the setting sun.

more - http://t.co/abkXnsFtea


Terrible time of year for sun glare >

A look at the passenger van v septic truck crash in Bristol. Officials say sun glare likely a factor…

source - https://t.co/eqwkXiYGKu


Truck driver pleads not guilty in deadly bicycle collision | via @cantonrepdotcom

GARFIELD HEIGHTS - A northeast Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges for an accident in his pickup truck that killed two bicyclists and injured three others…

Police say two cyclists, including 33-year-old Matt Billings of Plain Township, were killed when Wolf struck them while making a left turn in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville on Sept. 17…

Wolf told investigators that sun glare prevented him from seeing the cyclists…

more - https://t.co/W0AtkAKPW2


AAA Mid-Atlantic and the National Weather Service offer tips on driving with the sun in your eyes

Sun Glare Can Be Deadly for Drivers

Sun glare can be a major hazard and a threat to safety this time of year.

Whether it’s the rising or the setting sun, it can be blinding for motorists who are trying to see the road, other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and traffic signals.

“Unfortunately, most drivers don’t anticipate the dangers of sun glare until they are overtaken by it, and then that can be too late to react safely,” said Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  “Drivers are far more attentive to road conditions like snow, rain, sleet or high winds.  They tend not to give glare the degree of risk needed…

In the fall, the rising sun aligns itself perfectly with many east-west roadways according to the National Weather Service.  It is during the first 15 to 45 minutes of sunrise that sun-glare is most hazardous.  Motorists traveling westbound can also experience sun-glare as the sun drops lower toward the horizon.

To avoid sun-related crashes, AAA Mid-Atlantic advises motorists to drive as they would in low-visibility conditions like rain or fog.  Most glare-related incidents occur when the sun is coming up or going down.

A study conducted by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that older drivers are more likely to get involved in crashes if glare obstructs their vision.  In fact, 38.5 percent of drivers involved in crashes related to glare exposure were 45 years of age or older.

The avoid sun-related crashes, AAA Mid-Atlantic and the National Weather Service offer drivers the following tips:

  • Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses, or wear eyeglasses with an anti-reflective    coating.  Scratched eyeglasses or contact lenses make the glare worse.
  • Heed the speed limit, particularly if you are driving into the sunrise on your way into work or the sunset on your way home.
  • Slow down. The more space you have, the more time you have to react.
  • Increase your following distance beyond the recommended safe distances to allow three or more seconds between vehicles.
  • Turn headlights on so oncoming motorists can see you as they are driving toward the sun.
  • Clean your windshield outside and inside. A cracked or dirty windshield can magnify glare.
  • Use your visor as much as possible, but remember that visors can also block your vision.
  • Consider alternate routes to minimize east/west driving whenever possible. Use north/south streets until you find an east/west road with lots of trees or taller buildings.

It’s also suggested that you keep every surface between your eyes and the road as clear as possible, including both sides of your windshield and your eyeglasses.

more - http://t.co/lFP7asf2rn


Time of year for sun glare + fogged up windshield  > 

Driver blames crash on car controls, sun glare

A man who recently bought a new car said he was unfamiliar with its controls and couldn't see out the foggy windshield just before he struck another vehicle from behind, police said… 

Luciani told police he recently bought the car and wasn't familiar with all of its controls, including the defroster, police said. He reported his windshield became foggy and the sun was shining directly on it, according to police.

When the red traffic signal turned green, police said Luciani stepped on the gas thinking the driver in front of him had moved forward but had not...

more - http://t.co/jYn1MqfAXA


Crash shows danger of morning sun

MUNCIE — A doctor remains hospitalized after his Toyota Camry was rammed on the driver's side by a full-size Chevrolet pickup truck whose driver told police he was blinded by the sun…

According to the weather service, the rising sun this time of year aligns with many east-west roadways, creating a serious hazard during the first 15 to 45 minutes of sunrise…

To keep yourself safe, the weather service says you should use your visor, wear polarized sunglasses, clean your windshield inside and out because dirt and haze on the glass increase glare, turn your headlights on so oncoming motorists can see you as they drive into the sun, increase your following distance, and try to change your driving routes to north-south streets until you find an east-west road with lots of trees or taller buildings…

http://t.co/J3x1W9gkX3 


Epidemic of these in NJ, why?  > 

School crossing guard hit by vehicle, sun glare may have played a role

WESTWOOD, New Jersey — Police say a school crossing guard was struck by a car while helping a woman cross a street in Westwood…

Regino says police are investigating whether sun glare played a role in the accident…

more - http://t.co/dNrvu1lfyt


Another left turn + sun glare crash, car vs. cyclist  >

Driver Who Injured Cyclist in Logan Square Blames Sun in His Eyes

It’s every bike rider’s nightmare. You legally proceed through an intersection with the green light, only to have a careless driver run into you while making a left turn, a phenomenon known as the “left hook.” 

That’s what happened to a female cyclist in Logan Square this morning. According to Officer Thomas Sweeney from Police News Affairs, the 45-year-old woman was riding northwest on Milwaukee Avenue at 8:50 a.m. When she reached Fullerton Avenue, she entered the intersection on a green. At that point, a 26-year-old man heading southeast in a Chevy Cavalier made a left turn from Milwaukee to head east on Fullerton, striking the cyclist…

According to a police source, the driver claimed he didn’t see the cyclist because he was blinded by the sun…

more - http://t.co/kquC9ljsDR  @streetsblogchi


Good cycling tips  > 

Fall Bike Rides: Six Safety Tips for Pennsylvania Bicyclists

Bicycling is the perfect way to enjoy fall foliage, but cooler temperatures and shorter days can affect your ride. Here are six tips to help you stay safe while biking this fall. 

  1. Check your lights.
  2. Don’t forget about glare.
  3. Check your tire pressure.
  4. Wipe and lubricate your chains.
  5. Prepare for the weather.
  6. Watch for leaves.

read full article - http://t.co/2UzdmCwuR1 


Bedford Woman Injured After Sun Glare Causes Accident

A Bedford woman was injured after she crashed her car into a utility pole Monday afternoon.

According to a Bedford Police report, 27-year-old Shantel Foster of Bedford was traveling south on Washington Avenue and approaching the intersection of 25th Street and Washington Avenue when the glare of the sun caused her to lose sight of the roadway and she drove her 2002 Kia Spectra off the roadway and struck a utility pole…

more - https://t.co/dvLfaV1SgD


Great driving tips  > 

Watch out for sun-glare when driving warns IAM | Stroud Life

The Institute of Advanced Motorist's head of driving standards Peter Rodger has come up with some tips to help drivers prevent the dangers and hazards caused by low sun and glare experienced at this time of year. 

  • You will often see dirt and grime highlighted on your windscreen in low sun, so it's important that you clean your windows. Use a microfibre cloth to wipe down the inside and make sure your washer bottle is filled with a good quality screen washer liquid.
  • A sun visor will not necessarily stop low sun from beaming into your windscreen. Keep a pair of sunglasses in your glove box so you can get to them easily.
  • With the night's drawing in, ensure you switch on your headlights before sunset and keep them on for an hour after sunrise so there is no possibility of other road users not seeing you.
  • Always drive at a steady speed, and if low sun is obstructing what you see ahead slow down – this is particularly important at sharp bends where it's important to have a clear view of the approaching hazard.
  • When road surfaces are wet, the dazzle from the sun is increased by the reflection of the sun. Take care when driving on wet road surfaces and ease off the accelerator if necessary.
  • Look out for vulnerable road users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, mobility scooter and electric wheelchair users – they are all difficult to spot in low sun conditions. Always take extra precautions at known hazard spots like schools, junctions and crossings.
  • If you're affected by low sun, the chances are other drivers are too. Pay attention to vehicles around you and anticipate any sudden manoeuvres. As a rule of thumb you should increase the stopping distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Looking directly at low and sharp rays can affect your vision. If this happens to you, take a break from driving by stopping safely and legally.

Peter said: "The key aspect of driving in low sunlight is how it reduces your vision. If you cannot see, you cannot drive the same way. Don't continue at the same speed if you cannot see where you are going. It might sound obvious, but many drivers will battle on in near zero visibility despite being blinded by the sun. Trust your instincts – slow down and prepare to stop if this happens to you."…

more - https://t.co/UmDe3WGXid via @stroudlife


A dangerous time for deer, drivers in NJ

Part of nature’s rhythms have these deer being most active during the early morning and in the evening, during dawn and dusk.” 

“It is at the time of day, dusk and dawn, when sun glare can be really bad and low light conditions can persist and it can be really, really difficult.”

more - https://t.co/Lncx93qdU2 @nj1015


And low sun this time of year. "@TranBC: Why pedestrians and drivers need to be aware NOW more then ever”


Left turns one of most dangerous manoeuvres drivers make. Even worse with sun glare >

Sun glare factors into morning collision, Harley rider seriously injured | St George News

CEDAR CITY A rider out on his Harley Davidson in Cedar City Saturday morning was struck by a Western Rock Products truck when sun glare blinded the truck driver’s view while making a left turn… 

The bright glare of the early morning sun rising up over the mountain was too much, Pollock said, and the driver of the truck didn’t even see the motorcycle until they collided…

more - https://t.co/jA460IC0ma 


Lehigh University bus carrying rowing team involved in fatal crash with car on Route 22.

A bus driver and members of the Lehigh University rowing team injured in a crash on Route 22 in Bethlehem late Tuesday afternoon have all been released from the hospital. 

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim identified Rodney Sigley Jr., a 28-year-old Bethlehem man, as the driver who died after his car struck the bus…

The accident happened about 15 minutes before sunset, with both drivers facing the low sun in a clear sky. It wasn't immediately clear whether sun glare played a role in the crash…

more - https://t.co/5FuwUCre26


NCDOT: Pay attention to what time change means for you

For many people, the time change means the commute home or the evening walk, run or bike ride will take place in the dusk or even darkness of night.

N.C. Transportation offers some very easy steps to take to improve safety in such conditions, like ensuring vehicle headlights are turned on and for walkers, runners and bike riders, carrying a light and wearing bright, preferably reflective clothing…

Other tips for motorists include:
* Protect your eyes from glare — allow them to adapt to darkness before driving, especially as you get older.
* Adjust the rearview mirror to the “night” setting to avoid headlight glare.
* Make sure headlights and the windshield (including the inside) are cleaned off and clear.
* Make sure headlights are properly aimed because if they’re pointed the wrong way, they can blind others on the road and reduce the ability to see where you’re going.
* If going east in the morning or west in the afternoon, allow extra travel time as you may be dealing with sun glare as it sets and rises.
* As dusk approaches, take off sunglasses.
* Slow down and leave more space between your vehicle and the one in front of you, especially on unlit or winding roads as the faster you go, the less reaction time you will have to avoid a collision with another vehicle, cyclist, pedestrian or animal.
* Be mindful that high beams can blind an approaching driver, cyclist or pedestrian, so quickly switch to low beams in that situation.
* If blinded by light from a vehicle coming from the opposite direction, look down and toward the right edge of the road.
* Pay extra attention to the possibility of pedestrians, cyclists and deer along the roadway.

Tips for pedestrians and cyclists include:
* Pedestrians should walk facing traffic so they see oncoming vehicles.
* Cyclists should travel in the same direction as other vehicles.
* In addition to wearing brightly-colored or even reflective or fluorescent clothing, put reflective strips on items you may be carrying.
* When crossing at a traffic signal, remember to look right and left and don’t depend just on the light or a crosswalk signal.
* Avoid jaywalking and crossing a road between parked vehicles.

more - https://t.co/5gveuXy2qi via @Courier_Tribune @NCDOT


Note to drivers: After time change this weekend, driving conditions will change as sun rises/sets 1 hour earlier. @bobtraffic

> bob summers ‏@bobtraffic : @SunPosition after the time change we will be dealing with an earlier sunrise/sunset PLUS the sun is lower in the sky= much more glare.

> @bobtraffic Good point. In fact, the sun will continue to get lower in the sky until the winter solstice Dec 21.

> @bobtraffic to put this in perspective, the sun's height in Toronto around noon on Dec 21 is the same as at 8 am and 6:40 pm on Jun 21.


Transport Canada ‏@Transport_gc : As days get shorter and we Fall Back to Standard Time, remember to See And Be Seen on the road

 > @Transport_gc and be mindful that sun conditions will be completely different than what we're used to.


Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – October 2015

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

Check out our weekly news summary “Sun, Shadow & Urban Development” at  http://paper.li/SunPosition/1376522926


What are your thoughts about shadowing from proposed buildings?

Take our survey - http://t.co/RrxLfmSoMX


Disagreement among experts  > 

Report suggests the 88-storey Iluka tower will leave darkness after the dawn |

Sections of Surfers Paradise will remain in darkness after dawn because of shadowing from the planned Iluka supertower, says a technical report.

The proposed 88-storey tower will cast a shadow not just on the beach but across the other accommodation buildings just south of the site along The Esplanade.

A peer review by the sustainable design and development group Greensphere Consulting on behalf of residents challenges the work conducted by specialists working for the Iluka developers…

more - http://t.co/HwjrXPywcp


Four 120-metre-plus towers may rise in Toronto's Entertainment District | via @buzzbuzzhome

A trio of proposed high-rise developments, including four towers, could significantly alter the skyline of Toronto’s Entertainment District…

For two of the projects, proposals from Graywood Developments and Carlyle Communities, applications have not been put through to the City. A third, from Humbold Properties Limited, is currently in the rezoning process.

Graywood’s pre-application proposal is for a mostly residential development with commercial tenants at street level at 102-118 Peter Street and 350-354 Adelaide Street West. It encompasses two towers for a combined total of about 900 units. The taller tower would be roughly 50 storeys tall, or about 150 metres — just seven metres shy of the nearby TIFF building — while the shorter tower would be 39 storeys, or a height of about 120 metres…

 The Carlyle Communities’ vision for 122-128 Peter Street and 357 Richmond Street West is a two-tone, 46-storey, 138-metre-tall tower...

more - http://t.co/El7q37am5g


Sounds minimal IMHO  > 

Proposed Sixth Street Development Prompts Hearing On Shadow's Impact On SoMa Parks | @HoodlineSF

The Rec & Parks Commission is joining the Planning Commission at a special joint hearing Thursday to consider whether a proposed development at Sixth and Clara streets will have an adverse effect on Central SoMa's green spaces…

According to the Planning Department's assessment, the plans adhere to the guidelines set by the Eastern Neighborhoods Area Plan (which was approved by the Mayor and Board of Supervisors in December 2008) and will not result in significant environmental impacts beyond those already identified in the area plan's environmental review. Therefore, the project is not required to compile a project-specific environmental review.

However, given that the development is over 40 feet tall and could have the potential to cast new shadows on Gene Friend Recreation Center and Victoria Manalo Draves Park, the city was required to conduct a shadow analysis under Proposition K Sunlight Ordinance — which was approved by city voters in 1985 to protect public open spaces under Rec & Parks jurisdiction from negative impacts of development.

According to the shadow analysis conducted by CADP on behalf of the departments, the development would not cast any new shadows on Victoria Manalo Draves Park. Shadows resulting from the complex in the morning and evening would fall on areas already shadowed by surrounding buildings.

The analysis does find that the proposed Saturn Apartments would increase shadows on Gene Friend Recreation Center — which may receive a complete redesign in coming years — by .028 percent a year, but CADP predicts that the new shadow would subside before the park opens at 9am.

"The longest duration of new shadow would be approximately 22 minutes and the average shadow would be cast for less than 12 minutes," the report states. "All new shadow cast occurs before the park opens and is mostly projected on walkways, a small portion of the green field adjacent to the corner of Sixth Street and Folsom Street."…

more - http://t.co/G0XimeNqOZ

See below for more on this story


Shadows over the CBD: have Melbourne's skyscrapers reached a tipping point? | The Age

In early 2013, Michael Buxton was pondering what central Melbourne was becoming. On every available site, yet another skyscraper was being either built or planned or spruiked. There was a deep, unsettling sense we were witnessing a city being transformed. 

Buxton, a planning expert from RMIT, had not long before given the then planning minister Matthew Guy the moniker Mr Skyscraper. Catchy and contentious, the characterisation stuck, neatly capturing the minister's enthusiasm for buildings tall.

Is it too late for Melbourne? Has too much damage already been done?

read on - http://t.co/MD5zCyMRXA


Sixth & Clara Development Wins Planning Commission Approval, Shadows And All | via @HoodlineSF

The days are numbered for the 95-year-old industrial building at 363 Sixth St., as the Planning Commission has approved plans to construct a mixed-use apartment complex on the site.

Given that the 85-foot-tall building would cast a shadow on the nearby Gene Friend Recreation Center, the Planning and Rec and Parks commissions were first required to hold a special joint hearing to determine whether raising the park's shadow limit by .02 percent to allow the development to proceed would have an adverse affect on the center and its green space. While the two commissions voted 10 to 1 in favor of raising the shadow limit, the matter wasn't taken lightly.

The first major concern for the commissions was the number of developments that could also add shadows to Gene Friend and Victoria Manalo Draves Park in the near future. While presenting the prepared shadow analysis for 363 6th St., Planning Department staff noted that development plans are being drafted for at least four sites surrounding the two recreation spaces. Based on early-stage plans, three of those projects could add new shadows to at least one of the parks.

Another key issue: the idea of trading sunlight for other community benefits. While community members and commissioners widely applauded the project's developer, Realtex, for providing a laundry list of long-term benefits—including $185,000 in contributions to a variety of neighborhood recreation and youth programs, to be disbursed over the next five years—Rec and Parks Commissioner Eric McDonnell for urged his peers to strictly focus on the issue of the shadows.

“It feels like a slippery slope when we begin to add to the consideration how good the company is,” he said.

source - https://t.co/h70UenkBal


Part 3: The Architecture of Change | Opencity Projects

At first glance, the proposed changes to the built environment in Mirvish Village are dizzying...

The proposed height of the tallest tower at Bloor and Bathurst is 29 storeys...

In planning land, it is conventional wisdom that pedestrians only engage with the first eight storeys of a building; whether 15 or 29 storeys, there is negligible impact on the pedestrian. But perhaps the main source of concern is the shadow impact on the adjacent neighbourhoods and businesses. To mitigate these effects, a typology common to Vancouver has been proposed: the micro tower. Micro towers are narrower than typical buildings erected in Toronto, having a smaller floor plate, thus casting narrower shadows…

more - https://t.co/gk7g86npo0


Marymount School Unveils Rendering of 229-Foot Tower Planned for UES via @Dnainfo

The Marymount School for girls unveiled plans this week to construct a new state-of-the-art sustainable school building that will allow the school to consolidate its programs into one facility. 

The 229-foot-tall building planned for 115 E. 97th St. will feature green terraces, gardens and possibly a solar panel system...

…the school will complete an environmental impact assessment before plans move forward, and that the school will follow the city regulations and have an open-door policy for those concerned about the work.

Jules Feinman, a resident and member of 97-98 Lexington & Park Ave. Neighbors, said he liked the project but was worried about the shadow the building would cast on the neighborhood. Currently, the lot is empty and is being used by the school as a tennis court.

"It is a really big building," Feinman said. "That air space is kind of everybody's solace and respite and the light is already blocked from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is pretty much going to kill all morning light. I'm supportive but this is something you need to consider. We’re giving up a lot."…

read more - https://t.co/7u15yArJ5r


Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – October 2015

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
http://www.sunposition.com/tables.html

Halloween 2015 sunset times - http://t.co/Pu3fFYl22G


Trudeau: "Sunny ways my friends. Sunny ways." Could be a cool vision statement for my firm.

Lockheed Martin Parking Catches Sun Power | Lockheed Martin

On October 20, 2015, Lockheed Martin joined Florida Governor Rick Scott, Duke Energy President of Florida Utility Operations Alex Glenn and other local officials to celebrate the powering up of its 151,400 square foot solar array covering the parking lot at its facility near Clearwater, Florida. The project represents Florida’s largest, private solar array.
more - https://t.co/sRjpg9HTSG


Watch the sun set in line with Toronto east-west streets on Monday Oct 26 6:17 pm.


Special 'Torontohenge' sunset to wow commuters - Toronto - CBC News

A specially timed sunset gave some Toronto commuters a nice sight on their way home Monday (Oct 26/15) - the sun set in line with the city grid: a phenomenon known as "Torontohenge."
The sun set at 6:17 p.m., and the clear conditions made it a nice night to watch the sun drop in line with Toronto's major east-west streets like King, Queen and Bloor.
While a delight for photographers, the setting sun can make driving difficult.
The sun has been setting in similar positions all week. But Ralph Bouwmeester, who specializes in tracking the sun and shadows, tweeted that Monday would be the optimal day for seeing "Torontohenge".
The "henge" part of the name is a reference to England's famous Stonehenge, which was built so the rising sun aligns in a specific way during the summer solstice.
Manhattanhenge, in New York, always generates thousands of photos.
source - https://t.co/Tx2hAXSYA7


Thank you @Spacing for the Torontohenge shout-out!

TORONTO-HENGE IS TONIGHT (Oct 26/15)! Thanks to Ralph from @SunPosition on Twitter, we know that tonight at 6:17pm the sunset will line up perfectly with Toronto's east-west streets.
source - https://t.co/hRZhBK88zU


Darkest morning of the year in Toronto on Oct 31/15. Sunrise at 7:52 am. Nice to go back to Standard Time - at least for the mornings.


Cheers, Ralph  

Monday, October 26, 2015

Special 'Torontohenge' sunset to wow commuters | CBC News

Sun will set perfectly in line with the city grid at 6:17 p.m. on Monday

You could be in for a spectacular sight on your way home tonight as the sun sets perfectly in line with the city's east-west street grid: a phenomenon known as "Torontohenge."

The sun will set at 6:17 p.m., and the current clear conditions suggest it'll be a nice night to watch it drop in line with Toronto's major east-west streets like King, Queen and Bloor.

It might be a delight for photographers, but the setting sun can make driving difficult.

The sun has been setting in similar positions all week. But Ralph Bouwmeester, who specializes in tracking the sun and shadows, tweeted that today will be the optimal day for seeing "Torontohenge".

The "henge" part of the name is a reference to England's famous Stonehenge, which was built so the rising sun aligns in a specific way during the summer solstice.

Manhattanhenge, in New York, always generates thousands of photos.

Send us your pictures using the #torontohenge hashtag, or by tagging @cbctoronto in your post. 

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-sunset-torontohenge-1.3289614#commentwrapper

Cheers, Ralph

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Torontohenge October 2015

Watch as the sun sets along Toronto's east/west streets on Monday Oct 26/15 at 6:17 pm.

Cheers, Ralph

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sun Glare While Driving – September 2015

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


Read our weekly news summary “Sun Glare and Driving” at:   http://paper.li/SunPosition/1376354290


Drivers, watch for kids and buses especially in the early morning low sun.


Keep your eyes on the road, your hands up on the wheel: The Doors


Back to school safety tip - if your shadow points toward oncoming traffic, chances are the driver can't see you.


Distracted texting - don't drive while texting. You'll make a lot of spelling mistakes.


Sun glare is one thing, but no excuse for hit-and-run >

Bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run crash | via @KDVR

A bicyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash near South Sheridan Boulevard and West Dartmouth Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. While officers were investigating, a second vehicle (background) crashed into a patrol car, most likely because of sun glare.

A bicyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash near South Sheridan Boulevard and West Dartmouth Avenue in Denver on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. While officers were investigating, a second vehicle (background) crashed into a patrol car, most likely because of sun glare…

http://t.co/XIDWUA5FQQ


Anticipate sun glare as you round corners >

Child struck by car; sun glare contributes | Cedar City News

A driver with the early morning sun in her eyes swerved to avoid children walking in a residential neighborhood, but she struck a child on the other side of the road…

http://t.co/0SnjALrRc2


Sun glare suspected cause >

2 Thornton city workers hurt in accident | via @9News

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Two city workers from Thornton were injured after a woman hit a message trailer, causing it to spin into their direction.

The incident happened just before 6:50 p.m. near St. Paul Street and Thornton Parkway…

Police say the driver might have been blinded by sun glare when she ran into the trailer…

http://t.co/785hBtociU


Jogging may be good for you, but not on wrong side of road & toward low sun. Saw car swerve and miss jogger last second.


The sun rises and sets in line with e/w roads at this time of year. Be extra careful driving, walking, jogging and biking.


Sun glare suspected >

Pedestrian Dies in Church Road Crash 

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Cheltenham Police report that an accident on Tuesday involving a pedestrian struck by a car near the rear entrance to Einstein Elkins Park Hospital on Church Road has resulted in the death of the victim.

Nancy Wright of N. Third Street in Philadelphia was transported by Cheltenham Township Emergency Medical Services to the trauma center at Abington Memorial Hospital, where she later died as the result of her injuries.

Police believe Wright was attempting to cross the street mid-block and was in the middle of the road when hit. The driver, an Elkins Park resident, immediately stopped and remained at the scene. She is cooperating fully with the investigation, said police in a release to the press. Sun glare is a possible contributing factor.

Police responded to the 911 call at about 8:50 a.m… 

http://t.co/7n8qcnhHJ8


Sun glare possible factor >

Fatal bike vs. truck accident renewing talk about rights of the road

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - A fatal accident involving bikes and a truck are renewing discussions about the rights of the road.

The accident happened at just after 7 p.m. Thursday.

According to reports, a pick-up truck was driving west on Snowville Road and was starting to make a left turn onto Dewey Road.

It's a T-shaped intersection, and as the pick-up made the turn, the driver struck or was struck by one or more of the five bicycles that were traveling east on Snowville Road.

One of the bicyclists died at the scene. Four others were taken to area hospitals.

Sun glare may have been a factor in the incident, but police are still investigating how it all happened.

http://t.co/knY3j4Wazi


We got a shout-out in this article >

Road Warrior: Seasonal blind spots easily turn deadly – by By John Cichowski  - Record Columnist | The Record

Now that he's finished keeping us warm and tan at the Jersey Shore, our old friend Sol is turning ugly again as he shifts his blinding gaze to New Jersey's east-west roadways.

How ugly can sun glare get as autumn approaches?

"Just backing out of my driveway renders me blind," complained Hawthorne's Ken Ross. "Cars coming up behind me on Utter Avenue usually drive waaaay too fast!"

Clifton crossing guard Paula Kurtz said the glare is so severe on her West 2nd Street and 6th Avenue corner that "sometimes I can't see my kids" across the street. "I tell children to wait until I can focus and make sure no cars are coming before I cross them."

Crossing guards probably have it worse than any of us. Just last week, Jo Ann Hans was severely injured at the New Bridge Road crosswalk near Westminster Avenue in Bergenfield while ushering worshipers to Congregation Beth Abraham. Police listed sun glare as a contributing factor in the accident. Sun glare also contributed to the 2012 death of Little Ferry crossing guard Joseph Dotterman, who was helping a 70-year-old cross Mehrhof Road. It was a factor, too, in the critical injuries sustained by Cresskill crossing guard Ned Visich in 2012.

Besides crossing guards, Sol is given at least partial blame for serious North Jersey pedestrian crashes involving joggers, shoppers, schoolchildren and at least one trash collector: Ronald Fisher, who was killed on Godwin Avenue in Ridgewood in 1995.

Glare is believed to have played a role, too, in the death of Robert Carroll, killed crossing Essex Street in Hackensack near his Leigh Street apartment in 2011. It was blamed for injuries sustained by a woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter in the parking lot of a a Walmart in Riverdale in 2009 and two 12-year-olds on their way to middle school in New Milford.

Although federal highway safety authorities don't keep track of sun-glare deaths, some estimates place the national figure at more than 200. These crashes start to pick up in September when the sun rises almost exactly east and sets almost exactly west, so the sun is low enough at the horizon to zap drivers directly in the eyes. It happens again in early spring. But predicting exactly where and when Sol will blind you can be tricky. Anomalies abound.

Reverse glare

While going east to the George Washington Bridge in the afternoon, for example, motorists sometimes face reverse glare from The Modern, the high-rise glass residential tower recently built in Fort Lee, which bounces the rays into their eyes as the sun sets. The Modern is not the only example of danger for motorists driving away from the sun.

"The glare in front of you can wash out the brake lights of the car ahead of you," explained Ralph Bauwmeester [sic], an engineer whose Ontario consultancy advises police, lawyers, accident reconstructionists and motorists about sun-glare issues at sunposition.com.

Drivers can't always count on sound walls to protect them from the sun either. Some motorists complain about glare coming through the clear, acrylic panels at the top of the walls on Route 3 in Lyndhurst.

Here are more North Jersey locations that often draw sun-glare complaints:

  • Going from Paramus Road in Paramus to reach Route 4, called Broadway, is "almost impossible without sun glare because of constant traffic flow," said Ridgewood's Arlene Murphy. "But with sun glare starting around 7:30 in the morning, I literally cannot see anything."
  • Eastbound on Passaic Street approaching Burton Avenue in Hasbrouck Heights "requires looking directly into the sun as you reach the crosswalk at the crest of the hill," said Jeanette DeGennaro. "If you combine this with distracted driving, it's a recipe for accidents and worse."
  • On Cedar Lane eastbound in Teaneck around 7 a.m., "I can block the sun with my left arm, but even worse is the glare bouncing off the shop windows on my right," said Dave Boesch.
  • Beech Street near Hackensack High School is the place where blinding glare prompted David Beyer to quickly turn right onto Comet Way. It's also the place where a cop gave him a ticket for going the wrong way on Comet, a one-way street.
  • Glare can be found almost anywhere on Route 80, said Conrad Macina of Mount Arlington, especially near Route 15 in the afternoon.
  • Eastbound on Clinton Avenue in Bergenfield near the middle school is Patricia DiLorenzo's scariest place to drive. Glare caused her car to be hit from the rear there. "I was taken away by ambulance, but not seriously hurt," reported the Maywood reader.
  • While heading west out of Liberty State Park in Jersey City just before sunset to the New Jersey Turnpike, the sun is so strong that it makes searching for an exit nearly impossible, said Pat Kinney.

"What can a driver do?" asked the Leonia reader.

Here are some tips from Bauwmeester [sic]and others:

"Put your visor down and have your Polarized sunglasses within reach," said the Canadian expert. "Don't keep other stuff attached to your visor, because it's likely that you won't use it when you need it because you'll be afraid it'll fall in your lap."

Conrad Macina thinks he knows why many male motorists don't use visors.

"They think they're effeminate," he observed. "They're not. They help. I'd rather be thought of as a girly-girl than deadly dead."

Steve Carellas of the National Motorists Association suggested keeping a backup visor in the car: a baseball cap.

Clean windshields

AAA recommended slowing down and turning on headlights to improve visibility for oncoming motorists. The automobile club also suggested regularly cleaning windshields. Avoid vinyl cleaners, too, because they give dashboards a glossy finish that increases glare, said the experts.

Many readers suggested leaving work a bit early or late to avoid sunny danger. Patricia DiLorenzo, the driver who fears Passaic Street in Hasbrouck Heights, said she uses her flashers as she waits at lights or approaches dangerous intersections. Under glare conditions, Jeanette DeGennaro leaves more space between her car and the one ahead.

Accident reconstructionist Rich Pedersen offered this practical advice for blocking Sol's dangerous glare: "Get behind an 18-wheeler or a large truck," recommended the Bergenfield reader.

http://t.co/jH8gqn9pRm


Severe sun glare cited >

Syracuse Police Car Seriously Injures Bicyclist In Crash 

A bicyclist is hospitalized in serious condition after he was hit by an unmarked Syracuse car Wednesday in the town of Onondaga.

State police say they responded to the scene on Split Rock Road at around 4:50pm and found 56-year-old Thomas Frechette suffering from internal injuries and was taken to Upstate University Hospital.  Troopers spoke to Syracuse police officer Dennis Regin, who told them that his vision was obscured by "severe sun glare" when he turned into the path of Frechette.  The investigation into the crash continues.

http://t.co/1NAue2dB89


Fall Driving Tips | GordnerCoombs Insurance Inc.

Fall Driving Tips

PennDOT reminds motorists that wet leaves, fog, sun glare and frost are a few driving hazards that they will encounter this fall but there are steps drivers can take to help make their commutes safer...

Other fall hazards for motorists can be fog and sun glare…

Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset which coincide with morning and evening rush hours. The intense glare from the sun on the horizon can blind a driver, causing an unexpected traffic slowdown. Drivers can prepare for the glare by keeping a set of sunglasses handy, removing clutter from their sun visors and keeping the inside of their vehicle´s windshield clean…

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Bike Cleveland | Working For Safer Streets | Crash Not Accident

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By now many of you have heard about the tragedy on Snowville Road in Brecksville last Thursday. At 7:10 PM, a group of riders traveling east down Snowville Road were struck by a person traveling in a truck attempting to make a left hand turn onto Dewey Ave, leaving four injured and one dead. It has been less than a day since the incident and the response has ranged from sadness, to dismay, to the inevitable victim blaming and mantra of “accidents happen.”

Calling a collision by a licensed automobile operator who failed to yield the right of way to an oncoming two-wheeled vehicle an “accident” is wrong. It was completely preventable, so let’s call it what it was: a crash. We don’t have “plane accidents”, we have “plane crashes” where we investigate and find the cause of the crash, then attempt to mitigate the chances it happens again…

The results of the police investigation are still pending, but knowing that intersection very well it is obvious that the truck failed to yield the right of way. Some news outlets are speculating that sun glare was a contributing factor. I contend that if you cannot see where you are going, then don’t turn across an oncoming lane. Moreover, if you can’t see, pull over and stop driving…

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Officials say sun glare may be to blame >

Crash between school bus, van kills one near Erie, PA

HARBORCREEK, Pa. (WIVB) — One person is dead after an early morning crash involving a van and a school bus filled with kids near Erie in Pennsylvania.

Police say sun glare may be to blame for a minivan slamming into the back of the bus on Station Road in Harborcreek at around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

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It's that time of year again when sun glare crashes increase due to rising/setting sun along east-west roads. Be prepared.


Prepare for driving in sun glare. Clean windshield, clear visor so you can actually use it, clear dash, polarized sunglasses ready.


Drivers, pedestrians & cyclists take note. Sun glare is more intense this time of year when weather is cool, clear and free of haze.


Good advice here re driving in sunglare >

Blinded By The Light | The Legal Examiner

Rain, snow, ice, and fog are typically the first things to come to mind when we think dangerous weather conditions. But, the glare from the sun can be equally dangerous. In fact, the sun’s glare causes more than 3,000 auto accidents per year, most occurring during rush hour…

There are several things preventive measures motorists can take:

  • Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses and UV protection.
  • Keep the windshield clean.
  • Turn on headlights.
  • Drive slower and at a safe distance. A driver who cannot determine the color of a traffic light should not be driving through it – especially at the normal, posted speed.
  • Take an alternate route.
  • Most importantly, if you can’t see, don’t drive!

Drivers and pedestrians should be aware that vehicles heading into the sun may not see the traffic light or stop sign and, may not stop…

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Shawn Micallef @shawnmicallef:  @SunPosition thought you as I drove into the blinding sun on Sunday in Quebec. People braking on highway 20 cuz sun.

> RB:  Yeah, the low bright sun is brutal these days. Especially with the cool clear weather.

> RB:  Many US street grids are due east-west. They are especially bad for sun at this time of year.


North Jersey locations that often draw sun-glare complaints

  • Going from Paramus Road in Paramus to reach Route 4, called Broadway, is "almost impossible without sun glare because of constant traffic flow," said Ridgewood's Arlene Murphy. "But with sun glare starting around 7:30 in the morning, I literally cannot see anything."
  • Eastbound on Passaic Street approaching Burton Avenue in Hasbrouck Heights "requires looking directly into the sun as you reach the crosswalk at the crest of the hill," said Jeanette DeGennaro. "If you combine this with distracted driving, it's a recipe for accidents and worse."
  • On Cedar Lane eastbound in Teaneck around 7 a.m., "I can block the sun with my left arm, but even worse is the glare bouncing off the shop windows on my right," said Dave Boesch.
  • Beech Street near Hackensack High School is the place where blinding glare prompted David Beyer to quickly turn right onto Comet Way. It's also the place where a cop gave him a ticket for going the wrong way on Comet, a one-way street.
  • Glare can be found almost anywhere on Route 80, said Conrad Macina of Mount Arlington, especially near Route 15 in the afternoon.
  • Eastbound on Clinton Avenue in Bergenfield near the middle school is Patricia DiLorenzo's scariest place to drive. Glare caused her car to be hit from the rear there. "I was taken away by ambulance, but not seriously hurt," reported the Maywood reader.
  • While heading west out of Liberty State Park in Jersey City just before sunset to the New Jersey Turnpike, the sun is so strong that it makes searching for an exit nearly impossible, said Pat Kinney.

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Autumn glare causing problems for Indianapolis drivers | 13 WTHR Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS - You could call it a glaring problem at intersections across central Indiana. It pops up this time of the year and it can be downright dangerous. We're talking about sun glare, which is at its worst during the morning and evening rush hours…

Is the blinding sun to blame?  Hard to say, but 1st Sgt Rich Myers with the Indiana State Police said the intense glare does make driving much more hazardous.

"It's a very, very bad time of year," Myers said.  "It's primarily during rush hour and you can see how the sun can cause problems."

Blame it on the fall equinox, when the rising and later, setting sun, aligns perfectly with east west roads. 

"It is something drivers need to be aware of, something they need to look out for," Myers said…

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
  • 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.

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Beware of blinding equinox | via @MDN

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Although the weather is tranquil this week, there is one travel hazard that will persist: the glare from the sun. The sun rises and sets in line with east-west roads the next few days, causing a lot of glare, reports the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. Beware of the "solar slowdowns."

Here are some tips to help make your drive safe:

  • Make sure your windshield is clean on the inside and outside.
  • Run your defroster until the moisture on the window is completely evaporated.
  • Wear sunglasses and use your visor.

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Sun glare may have been factor in car and horse cart crash

The early morning sun may have been a factor in a crash between a car and a horse-drawn cart near Pawnee City on Wednesday, Pawnee County Sheriff Jayme Reed said.

Kyle Clow, 25, of Pawnee City was driving a 1994 Honda Accord when it collided with the cart driven by Kenneth Yoder, 23, also of Pawnee City. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. about a mile east of Pawnee City on Nebraska 8/50. Both the cart and the car were eastbound…

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The sun sets in line with WB Hwy 401 between Victoria Park and Leslie this week (week of Sep 28/15) in Toronto. Be prepared for sun glare.
Cheers, Ralph