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.

Blog Purpose and Disclaimer - This blog compiles and shares public interest stories in an effort to educate and raise awareness. Sources, credits and links are provided for articles and images, and it is my belief that this blog complies with the fair dealing exception in Canada's Copyright Act. However, if you wish your item removed, simply ask.

Cheers, Ralph Bouwmeester

Monday, February 3, 2020

Torontohenge 2020

Torontohenge is the name given for the phenomenon that occurs four times per year when the sun rises or sets in line with Toronto's major east-west streets downtown.  The event, twice per year at sunrise, and twice at sunset, gives photographers great opportunities to capture the sun as its top edge grazes the horizon between the canyon walls of buildings on either side of the street. 

Photo courtesy of Rudy Limeback @rudydotca

Although Torontohenge technically falls on the dates given below, great photos can be taken for about a week before the August and October dates and a week after the February and April dates as the rising/setting sun passes over the street.  Not great for driving, but quite a sight just the same.

The Torontohenge dates for 2020 are:

February 15  -  5:47 PM

April 19  -  6:27 AM

August 23  -  6:32 AM

October 25  -  6:17 PM

See monthly Toronto sunrise and sunset times here...

Warning for Drivers and Pedestrians
Despite the opportunities for photographers, conditions for motorists and pedestrians may be difficult for a week or more after the February and April dates and before the October and August dates.  NOTE:  The first and last hours of daylight are typically the worst.  Be prepared, and be extra careful.

Cheers, Ralph

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Reconstruction of Collisions Involving Sun Glare

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Sun Glare and Traffic Safety – January 2020

Sun glare can play role in traffic and pedestrian crashes.

This pretty much sums up the approach we take in collision reconstructions involving sun glare. #SunGlare #RoadSafety

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Sun and Shade in Urban Development – January 2020

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Miscellaneous Sun and Shadow Items – January 2020

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Sun Glare and Traffic Safety – December 2019

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Miscellaneous Sun and Shadow Items – December 2019

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