Blog Description - A collection of media articles and tweets highlighting 1) the dangers of sun glare while driving, 2) the issue of shadowing due to urban development, and 3) random fun sun facts.
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Cheers, Ralph Bouwmeester
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Shadow flicker concerns > Dispute Over Proposed Wind Farm in Black Hawk County https://t.co/3THpXgApx2— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) April 18, 2018
With all this snow on the ground, it's hard to believe that the sun is tracking the same path as it does in the 3rd week of August.— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) April 19, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
A few moments earlier, the sun's reflection was as bright as the sun itself. #sunglare #Toronto #traffic pic.twitter.com/dtmzXRnmF3— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 4, 2018
Drivers blame sun for failure to see pedestrians in recent accidents https://t.co/GT60pYTrMz via @thenewmexican #RoadSafety #sunglare— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 5, 2018
That time of year is approaching when the sun rises and sets in line with east-west streets. Take extra care while driving and walking. #AwareOfTheGlare #RoadSafety #sunglare— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 5, 2018
#Sunglare may have played a role > Trial underway for City of Lethbridge employee charged with dangerous driving causing death https://t.co/CGR3lIcS4Q #RoadSafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 6, 2018
Little diff in sun position one day to next in Nov > Fatal collision described in court https://t.co/XV58b82rF8 via @leth_herald #sunglare #RoadSafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 6, 2018
#Sunglare at issue > Police officer cross-examined in trial for Lethbridge employee charged with dangerous driving causing death https://t.co/txBqtQSM5h #RoadSafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 7, 2018
Crown closes case against city employee charged in fatal collision https://t.co/pUFvYx2i9W #Lethbridge #RoadSafety #sunglare— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 9, 2018
Woman describes glare of sun on Whoop-Up Drive https://t.co/rczzbMaYfZ via @leth_herald #Lethbridge #RoadSafety #sunglare— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 9, 2018
After #TimeChange this weekend, be extra careful driving. Sun conditions will have changed. @PCPappy #AwareOfTheGlare #RoadSafety #sunglare— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 9, 2018
#Sunglare blamed for multi-vehicle crash with injuries in Palm Bay https://t.co/XN7uHjd688 #RoadSafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 10, 2018
Take extra care driving. It's that time of year when the rising/setting sun lines up with east-west streets. #AwareOfTheGlare #RoadSafety #sunglare @gpallone13 @PalmBayPD https://t.co/bDRpPVHGQn— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 10, 2018
#Sunglare eyed in head-on collision in Mansfield https://t.co/DIavzBDuGr via @TheSunChronicle #RoadSafety #AwareOfTheGlare— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 10, 2018
Take extra care driving after the #TimeChange. AAA: "Some drivers may suddenly find themselves driving into the rising or setting sun and there may be more sun glare during commuting hours" #RoadSafety #sunglare https://t.co/keY7h7VvkV— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 10, 2018
Daylight savings time darkness cautions issued by AAA https://t.co/EEHMuCVV7o #TimeChange #RoadSafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 12, 2018
Setting sun a factor in Kelowna car accident https://t.co/o3h3KUXgT4 #sunglare #roadsafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 16, 2018
Left turns into low sun is a factor in many vehicle/pedestrian collisions. Anticipate, and be #AwareOfTheGlare. #roadsafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 16, 2018
Sun blinded driver > Vehicle hits utility pole, causing outages in Waterville https://t.co/XwYQ27xOet #sunglare #roadsafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 17, 2018
Sun glare blamed in collision on Swan Lake Avenue https://t.co/EMoM52krF7 #roadsafety #sunglare— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 17, 2018
Driver ran red light due to #sunglare > One person killed, several others injured in New Boston crash https://t.co/vJP5i7K5Hw #RoadSafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 20, 2018
Tragic #sunglare reflex > Driver In Fatal Crash Admitted To Hitting Gas Instead Of Brake https://t.co/yUsUUW3Aa0 @PaulWBZ #roadsafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 21, 2018
Police ruled out #sunglare > Solar glare not a factor in crash that killed Westwood boy, officials say https://t.co/lPC4VK3Ncb via @boston25 #roadsafety— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 21, 2018
Shadows may be less but 115 Winthrop Square design is not done deal https://t.co/EQHMMCSQtT #BostonCommon #Boston— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 9, 2018
Shade concerns > Developers told to go back and do better https://t.co/VhCdYkTBLn #urban #development— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 9, 2018
Creative affordable housing - density vs rights of existing home owners > Opinion: On shadow and light in Berkeley https://t.co/z27vm9TMAv#urban #development #shadowimpact— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 15, 2018
Creative housing requires a balance between 1) density that promotes affordability with 2) the rights of existing home and property owners. https://t.co/l3mu56ukif— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 15, 2018
Revised downtown Hamilton plan proposes new rules for height, density and heritage https://t.co/sk13rdArJ6— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 20, 2018
QIMBY not NIMBY when it comes to south end condo proposal https://t.co/0vFjru6pT1 via @guelphtoday— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 20, 2018
Not really funny but... Man uses mirrors to direct sunlight into neighbour's home in 'Dapto death ray' dispute https://t.co/J2WgGq17UQ #sunglare #deathray— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 22, 2018
'Monstrous' tower concerns residents https://t.co/IlwC88CNhX #Burnaby— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 30, 2018
#Toronto gains 1.5 hrs of daylight this month, the most in any month. http://www.sunposition.com/suntables/TorontoRS.html … #sunshine
When you look up at the sun today, it's cool to think that it's tracking along the equator. At least I think it is, but maybe I'm just a sun geek :)
Hey sun, welcome back to the northern hemisphere.
If you want to know where due west is, look out your window at sunset today.
— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) March 22, 2018
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Good advice here. Left turns are one of the most dangerous moves you’ll make as a driver.
When turning left and the traffic light goes to yellow, don't panic...pause, look and check - watch the video. https://t.co/4uFL5AH3mY— Rick (@SmartDriveTest) February 2, 2018
Sun glare obscured hilly terrain.
Sun glare and ice are a dangerous combination.
Crashes due to #sunglare in same area two mornings in a row despite warnings.
#TimesaverTraffic: Another crash in the same spot as the one yesterday in Perrysburg - SB I-475 to NB I-75. Use caution here, that sun glare could make this area more dangerous! pic.twitter.com/8NcoS3b1Mu— WTVG 13abc (@13abc) February 13, 2018
Sun glare believed to have played role in crash that killed former Sen. Cataldo
Farmington Police say they're still waiting on test results before determining cause of crash that killed former state Sen. Sam Cataldo. Sun glare still believed to play role. https://t.co/wS12Kp3hlL @FostersDailyDem #NHpolitics— Kyle Stucker (@KyleRStucker) February 14, 2018
Accidents Caused by Sun Glare
Extreme solar glare cited as cause of vehicle crashing into tanker.
Sun glare cited, luckily no serious injuries as toddler hit by car.
This Kitchener project will rise as high as 23 storeys but the developer has worked with the City to design it in a way that reduces shadows. For example, the tallest building will be furthest from King Street in order to limit shadows on neighbouring properties.
$80-million development expected to boost Kitchener downtown’s east end https://t.co/727oCi0QUU— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) February 8, 2018
This 24-storey project in Philadelphia is meeting opposition on a number of fronts, including shadowing. Back to drawing board.
Jewelers’ Row tower needs more work, city board says https://t.co/GZhssKUjmN— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) February 8, 2018
This Ottawa project at the corner of Albert and Booth streets includes buildings up to 25 storeys and is near an LRT station. The layout was designed to minimize shadows on a neighbouring residential area.
Interesting opinion piece asking the question, “What height is right for Halifax buildings?”
This 72-unit residential building in Arlington VA was approved despite residents’ concerns about shadowing.
According to the Calgary developer, the redesign of the Mountain View Village project in Black Diamond, Alberta, has reduced shadows on nearby properties to 40 to 60 minutes per day for 2 to 3 weeks per year.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Kudos to @ColoradoDOT for being proactive
3 crashes within 11 minutes
Driver reported being blinded by #sunglare
Truck had pulled over because of #sunglare
Audi SUV passed me on snow and ice-covered 2-lane highway, in a curve, across double solid line. Wonder how crashes happen?? #roadsafety
Two close calls with 18-wheelers drifting out of their lane in one trip between Barrie and Sudbury... 1/3 #roadsafety #stayinyourlane
1) while I was passing 18-wheeler on 4-lane Hwy 400. Trucker holding some kind of map or paper. #roadsafety #stayinyourlane 2/3
2) 18-wheeler crossed Hwy 69 centerline and came straight at me. Truck lurched back into own lane. #roadsafety #stayinyourlane 3/3
Dangerous combination, #sunglare + wet roads
Visibility hampered by #sunglare
It is thought sunrise lined up with hill
The back seat may "feel" like it offers more protection, but in a crash, unbelted passengers can turn into projectiles - a danger to themselves and everyone else in the car. #drivesafe #buckleup https://t.co/2iX9g3Xhjy— Kevin Gamble (@SF_KevinG) January 24, 2018
Interesting observation. https://t.co/kK55RcpWuJ— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) January 24, 2018
In your car, or on foot, it is not good enough to have the right of way. For your safety, and that of others, make sure you have SAFE right of way. #RoadSafety #WatchForOthers
Judge: Driver not guilty in fatal pedestrian crash because he had a "momentary lapse of judgement". So much for the campaigns against distracted driving!!! Unbelievable.
Judge: Driver not guilty in fatal pedestrian crash because he had a "momentary lapse of judgement". So much for the campaigns against distracted driving!!! Unbelievable. #RoadSafety https://t.co/lykO9LeKs5— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) January 27, 2018
According to the article, the building would shadow much of the Oval during prime skating times in mid-winter.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Two drivers blinded by sun in Anglesey fatal collision sentenced https://t.co/zDNv0X8IEq #sunglare #roadsafety
Sun glare suspected >
Three people rushed to hospital after horror smash on Irish road https://t.co/AuOaNiN5t8 #roadsafety
Three people rushed to hospital after horror smash on Irish road https://t.co/PlYpUUuQiA— Irish Sun (@IrishSunOnline) December 1, 2017
Driver had green light but didn't see pedestrian due to sun glare >
President of Ramapo College strikes pedestrian with his car https://t.co/fRu8htfQjE
President of Ramapo College strikes pedestrian with his car https://t.co/8L2hPdZDSG— Richard Cowen (@richardcowen123) December 3, 2017
Sun glare to blame >
Chelsea Kindergartener, Mom Hit By Car https://t.co/k0ID3nK1fK— News On 6 (@NewsOn6) December 7, 2017
Good call by @ColoradoDOT >
It was so sunny, CDOT closed a Colorado interstate https://t.co/5FohQF4cp6— Coloradoan (@coloradoan) December 11, 2017
Good advice here >
Five Ways To Beat The Sun Glare On Colorado highways https://t.co/RfXulISH1M #roadsafety #sunglare
The glare from the sun is so bad on parts of I-70 in the foothills, CDOT may close it to prevent serious accidents. Here's what the agency says you can do to keep the glare at a minimum: https://t.co/QNNSbGGrxd pic.twitter.com/917OnjhQbn— Colo. Public Radio (@COPublicRadio) December 14, 2017
Sun glare not ruled out >
French investigators struggling to explain 2016 spy-plane crash https://t.co/ZkwsY02VLd #sunglare #crash
RT @Walk_TO: Walk Toronto's @DaniellaLevyP comments in @TorontoStar on another bad year in Toronto for pedestrian safety, and the shortcomings of Toronto's "Vision Zero" plan
Glare from the sun likely contributed >
Man struck and killed in Pleasant Grove on Christmas Day identified https://t.co/knZfqu7uxS
— Ralph Bouwmeester (@SunPosition) December 28, 2017
Units Pitched for Everett St at Gove St Assoc https://t.co/JYbcwqavp7 #Boston #urban #development #shadow
Neighbours worried about shadowing from proposed 4-storey condo building in Boston.
Neighbors object to high-rise shadows https://t.co/wZTqPI7SEh #urban #development #shadow
Neighbours worried about shadowing from 17-storey apartment building proposed by the Trammell Crow Company in Evanston, Illinois.
Neighbors object to high rise shadows: Several residents of the Sienna condo development in downtown Evanston objected Thursday evening to a planned active-adult high rise across the street at 1727 Oak Ave. https://t.co/chisJdr30a pic.twitter.com/OIYXgahAbW— Evanston Now (@EvanstonNow) December 8, 2017
Record-breaking heights in global skyscraper construction - Construction Canada https://t.co/qyyFS7LGve #urban #development
More skyscrapers (>200m tall) were built in 2017 than in any previous year – 144 worldwide, up from 127 in 2016, and almost double the 2013 figure.
Nice, in 9 days (on Dec10th) the sun begins setting later in #Toronto http://www.sunposition.com/suntables/TorontoRS.html
One hour to #wintersolstice2017 - Dec 21 11:28 AM EST
Dec 21 - The good news... the days start getting longer now. #wintersolstice2017 #solstice