Monday, July 3, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – June 2017

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

RT Zero Fatalities‏ @ZeroFatalities: TEENS: YOU are the boss of your car. Before you start the car make sure all passengers are buckled up.

> @ZeroFatalities Don't let unbuckled passengers become deadly projectiles.

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RT @CyclingScience1: Drivers who don't cycle are slowest to spot cyclists on the road and more likely to hit them. See

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RT @IIHS_autosafety: With poor headlights on a dark road, a driver can't brake in time to avoid a collision above 35 mph.

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Driving with Limited Visibility: What You Can Do to Avoid A Crash | Top Driver

“When dealing with limited visibility, the first rule is that you only drive when you must. If you can avoid driving in fog, rain, night-time or other conditions that limit your visibility, you will reduce the risk of becoming involved in a crash. Here’s what you need to know about driving with limited visibility and solutions to reach your destination safely:

  1. Dirty windows. Clean before starting a trip (inside & outside). Keep the windshield washer fluid reservoir full.
  1. Objects inside vehicle that create blind spots. Keep cargo and other objects low. Hang clothes in rear on driver’s side.
  1. Frost or ice on windows. Use defroster before beginning trip.
  1. Fog, rain, blowing snow. Wait in a safe area for conditions to improve. Reduce your speed, increase your following distance. Use your headlights, or hazard lights if speed is more than 15 miles below posted limit.
  1. Standing water sprayed onto windshield. Try to anticipate, stay calm, hold wheel firmly, avoid braking.
  1. Snow on vehicle. Clear all snow and ice from windows, lights, mirrors, hood and roof.
  1. Low light/night driving. Use headlights, reduce speed, dim dash lights.
  1. Shadows. Increase scanning, reduce speed.
  1. Bright sun/glare. Use sunglasses, visor.
  1. Oversized vehicles. Maintain cushion of safety, increase following distance, approach carefully.

There are times when you cannot control your driving conditions. If you find yourself in a situation of limited visibility, avoid driving if possible. But in a circumstance when you must drive, use these tips to drive with limited visibility and safely reach your destination.”

Cab driver blames 'glare of sun' for causing OAP death | BBC News

James Buchanan

“A taxi driver killed an 89 year-old man after failing to spot him due to glare of the sun.

James Buchanan struck the shopping trolley pulled by David McQuiston, knocking the pensioner to the ground.

Mr McQuiston died two months later after never fully recovering from the collision in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Buchanan - a cab driver for 18 years - admitted a charge of causing death by careless driving.

The court heard that Mr McQuiston was returning home from visiting his wife, who had dementia, at the time of the accident in January 2015.

Prosecutor Tim Niven Smith said "the sun was low in the sky" with its brightness "reducing visibility" for motorists.”…

One Killed, ID'd In SR-79 Crash Near Temecula:

Driver Was Blinded By Sun Glare, CHP Says | Temecula Patch

One Killed, ID'd In SR-79 Crash Near Temecula: Driver Was Blinded By Sun Glare, CHP Says“One person is dead and two others are hospitalized with major injuries following a crash near Temecula Wednesday night, the Riverside County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol report. A total of 10 people were involved in the four-car pileup which apparently happened after a man says he was blinded by the sun and swerved out of his lane.”…

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – June 2017

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

RT @petergoffin: Toronto is worried highrises will cram our neighbourhoods. But should we be afraid of a dense city?

Is ‘density’ a dirty word in a growing Toronto? | via @TorontoStar

Photo published for Is ‘density’ a dirty word in a growing Toronto? | Toronto Star

“Over the past five years, Toronto has added more residents than almost any other city in Canada, and older communities are feeling the growing pains.

In the High Park neighbourhood, dozens of lawns are dotted with plastic signs reading “Say No to Double Density” — a reference to a pair of development proposals which could add six midrise and highrise towers, with a total of over 1,700 apartments, to a two-block area nearby.

These new constructions would fit in between a handful of rental apartment buildings already on the properties, roughly doubling the number of residential units in the two blocks.

“One of the biggest concerns is losing the character of the neighbourhood,” said Cathy Brown, who lives in a mid-century building on one of the proposed development sites.

“Right now you can walk through, it’s peaceful, it’s relatively quiet,” added Brown, who co-chairs High Park Community Alliance, the local resident group fighting the developments.

The new buildings would create more traffic, overcrowd local schools, jam up High Park and Keele subway stations, limit public recreation space, worsen wind tunnels and literally cast a long shadow across the neighbourhood, say Brown and other community members.”… 

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Toronto condos

Behind closed doors, the right deal gets made on a skyscraper | Boston Globe

A rendering of Millennium Partners' proposal for the site of the Winthrop Square Garage.

“As the highly-charged controversy over the Winthrop Square tower nears resolution through old-school, closed-door negotiations at the State House, I have to believe Bill Bulger is somewhere smiling.

Few remember that the legendary former Senate president is the chief architect of the environmental protection laws now being cast aside to allow construction of a 775-foot skyscraper on the site of a dilapidated, now shuttered city parking garage.”… 

“Relatively late in the process, the city became aware that the project stood to violate two state laws that regulate the shadows that can be cast by development in parts of downtown. Proponents of the deal pointed to tens of millions of dollars earmarked for improvements to the Common and Franklin Park, as well as money to refurbish public housing in East Boston and South Boston, as good reasons to find a way around the shadow laws.

Opponents saw a sweetheart deal for a developer and a nasty precedent for others willing to pay the city enough to circumvent the law.”…

BPDA Board Approves New Residential Tower in Bay Village | Boston Sun

“After much debate between residents of the Bay Village, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board approved the 199-foot, mix-use building at 212-222 Stuart Street with a unanimous vote at the hearing held on Thursday, June 15.”…

““Certain residents did raise a number of concerns throughout the process including height, wind impact, shadow impact and lack of connectivity to the Bay Village neighborhood,” said Mike Rooney the project coordinator for this site from the BPDA. “The proponent responded to these concerns with design changes and mitigation efforts.””…

Last minute hiccup? >

William Galvin seeks pause on shadow law vote | Boston Globe

“It looked like smooth sailing for a bill that would allow more shadow on Boston Common and help clear the way for a new downtown skyscraper. Until Secretary of State William F. Galvin spoke up during a State House hearing Tuesday.

Galvin asked lawmakers to delay for at least two weeks a vote on changing the existing shadow law — until the Massachusetts Historic Commission, which he oversees, has time to study the building’s impact on the Common, Public Garden, and other historic downtown sites.

“This is not something that should be done recklessly,” he said. “It’s a very significant piece of legislation.””…

“Galvin said the Historic Commission hasn’t had time to review shadow impact studies it received late last week. He also said he’s hesitant to undo a law that has protected the historic parks for more than 25 years.”…

High-rise condo plans raise concerns for Miltonians | Inside Halton

High-rise condo towers proposed near Milton GO station

“The word “insane” was on the tip of more than one resident’s tongue at Milton Council Monday evening (June 26) in describing how they feel about plans for three high-rise condo towers near the Milton GO station.

The proposal from Hodero Holdings Ltd. of Oakville calls for a trio of buildings of three different heights - 27 storeys, 29 storeys and 31 storeys – containing about 800 condominium units at the southwest corner of Thompson Road and Drew Centre.”…

“A shadow impact study prepared for the development showed there would be a minimal impact on the surrounding area during the spring and fall equinox…”…

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – June 2017

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.

A few of the samples include:

When will the sun begin setting in Toronto after 9PM?

The sun sets in Toronto after 9 PM beginning June 13th. Ends July 10th.

UV peaks in Toronto between about 1:15 and 1:20 PM in June.

Does UV peak at a certain time of day? See here... Peak UV Times

It must be difficult looking down at this beautiful blue marble knowing that evil and horrific things are going on. @Cmdr_Hadfield

> RT @Cmdr_Hadfield: @SunPosition   I focus on the gracious and the magnificent, the generous and the kind and the hopeful. There's plenty of that, too.

> @Cmdr_Hadfield  Well said. That is a great way to look at it.

Earliest sunrise of the year in Toronto is 5:35 AM on June 15th.

Sunset time in Toronto doesn't change by more than about 3 minutes for the next month. 9:00 to 9:03 PM.

Believe it or not, the sun starts rising later in Toronto starting tomorrow June 16. We're talking seconds mind you.

The sun will be about 125 km north of Hong Kong at the Summer Solstice June 21, 2017, 04:24 UTC (00:24 EDT).

Hard to believe, 10 yrs ago today (June 23, 2007) PM @stephenharper unveiled sundial I designed for Air India Flight 182 Memorial in Toronto.

32 yrs ago today (June 23, 1985) - Air India Flight 182. 'Time Flies / Suns Rise And Shadows Fall /  Let It Pass By / Love Reigns Forever Over All”

Sure, we just had the longest day of the year, but the latest sunset in Toronto is on June 26th. 9:03 PM.

Unique solar event visible across Canada on July 1st. Canada150   1/3

Join fellow Canadians from sea to sea to sea on July 1, 2017, by watching the sun cross the birthplace of Canada. Canada150   2/3

Canada150 Solar Event - For story and local view times see  Please RT.   3/3

Province House

Thought you might be interested in this for Canada150 @shawnmicallef @glynbowerman @adamstiles @AnthonyFarnell

Solar event visible across Canada on July 1st - Canada150 Canada Day

See the sun from coast to coast when it is high noon over Canada's birthplace on Canada150. View times -

All Canada unite on Canada Day to watch sun pass by our birthplace at high noon. Canada150 View times -

Hey Ottawa, at 12:16 PM on Canada Day watch high noon sun pass by Province House, Canada's birthplace. Canada150 @canada150th @CBCOttawa

Hey Ottawa, see the sun reach its peak over Canada's birthplace at 12:16 PM ET on Canada Day. Canada150 @canada150th @CBCOttawa

At 9:16 AM in Vancouver on Canada Day, see the sun at high noon over Canada's birthplace. @canada150th Canada150 @CBCVancouver

Cheers, Ralph