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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Sun Glare at AT&T Stadium

The interception was not to be.  Lost in the sun.  Like a Japanese Zero.

They say the stadium was built in the wrong direction, east-west instead of north-south.  Oops.

Night games.  Problem solved.

Cheers, Ralph

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – October 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 and include a brief synopsis of the news story and a link to the original article.

One person injured in Keene crash today via @keene_sentinel

7:45 AM crash.

Early morning sun glare caused one vehicle to sideswipe another at the intersection of Route 12 and Wyman Road in Keene NH.

Blinding sun contributes to N. Cornwall crash via Lebanon Daily News

Westbound vehicle crashed at 5:42 PM.

A line of stopped vehicles was rear-ended by a westbound car on Wilhelm Avenue in North Cornwall Township PA.  Sun glare was blamed for the 5:42 PM crash.

October Is Now The Second Deadliest Month On The Roadway. Why?  via Alexandria News

This deviates from the pattern of the past 30 years or so.  With the sun  rising and setting along east-west streets, commuters face the sun during either their morning or evening commutes in many cities.  Not that this is any different from what is was 30 years ago.

There are a lot of interesting crash stats in this article.

Patches of dark shade and bright sun >

NHP identifies Carson City man in fatal pedestrian accident  via Carson Now

Struck by eastbound vehicle at 7:30 AM .

An eastbound food truck struck and killed a pedestrian near the intersection of Long and State Streets in Carson City NV. Sun glare is thought to have contributed to the 7:30 AM collision.

Cycling: 'Light up' your bicycle this fall season  via

Changing sun and weather conditions can affect rider safety during the Fall. Your after work ride may now be in the dark; your morning ride might be during low sun conditions when it may be difficult for drivers to see you.

Speed and sun glare being looked at >

Woman and child seriously injured in southwest Calgary crash via CBC News

Struck by eastbound vehicle at 9:00 AM.

Sun glare is one of the factors being looked at after a grandmother and her 3-year-old granddaughter were struck and seriously injured in SW Calgary.

Driver said sun glare was cause >

Police investigate 3-way crash on Boulevard  via @6abc

A cab driver is alleged to have run a red light causing a chain reaction collision on Roosevelt Boulevard at Front Street in North Philadelphia.  The driver said sun glare was the cause.

Sun glare doesn't excuse hit and run >

Police Seek Driver in Apparent Hit and Run  via East Hampton Star

Sun glare with pedestrian in shade.

A seriously injured senior was found on Farm Lane in East Hampton, an apparent victim of hit and run.  A neighbour said that sun glare was very bad around the curve where the victim was hit and that the victim may have been in shade from foliage. Sun glare was noted the following day at around the same time.

Sun glare cited as cause >

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle Near Medford Acme  via Pine Barrens Tribune

Left turn + sun glare.

An elderly pedestrian, crossing Jennings Road in Medford NJ, was struck by a left-turning car coming out of a parking lot.  The driver said that sun glare prevented him from seeing the pedestrian.

Drivers, extra caution needed at this time of year >

Pedestrian Hit by Car in Reno NV  via KTVN-TV

Early morning collision - 7:15 AM.

Driver said he couldn’t see pedestrian due to sun  glare. "

Motorists urged to be alert, deer mating season gets underway, days get shorter  via @LakewoodScoop

Apparently there are 1000’s of deer/vehicle collisions in New Jersey each year.  Most occur during the fall mating season, and activity peaks during the early morning and around sunset – when driving visibility may be poor due to sun glare.

Be aware. Be prepared. sun glare at this time of year can be deadly.

Aware of the glare. #roadsafety #driving #sunglare #AwareOfTheGlare

Great article, with stats, on sun glare and driving >

Sun glare warning to Hampshire drivers  via Daily Echo

A survey of over 9000 drivers has shown that a certain stretch of the M27 is one of the worst roads in the South of England for sun glare during rush hour. 

Keep sunglasses handy.

Sunrise and sunset are now during rush-hour. #AwareOfTheGlare

Collision at Tower Hill, sun glare a factor for elderly man  via @WboolStandard

Westbound at 6:45 PM.  Sun glare after cresting a hill.

Stopped and waiting to turn left off Princes Highway into the Tower Hill State Game Reserve in Victoria (Australia), Canadian tourist was hit from behind by driver claiming sun glare.after cresting a hill.

Police: Sun glare causes crash involving truck, school bus in Waterville  via

8:00 AM collision.

A box truck slammed into the back of a stopped school bus picking up students.  Police acknowledged that visibility was very difficult due to sun glare.

Wow, interesting >

New York State Senator George Latimer in Serious Undisclosed Car Crash  via Talk of the Sound

Westbound 5:00 PM.

Latimer allegedly ran a red light on Wilmot Road in New Rochelle near the Scarsdale border and struck another vehicle.  He claimed he couldn’t see the colour of the light due to sun glare.  The author of the article (Robert Cox) questions the validity of the claim.

@Ari_Traffic @norm And to make matters worse, sunrise and sunset are during rush hour now.

Why wearing sunglasses in the car can help cut the risks of winter driving  via

Low sun corresponds to commute times at this time of year and renders visors pretty much useless.  This can make for dangerous conditions when rounding a corner and is worsened if the road is wet.

Read full article (link below) for tips on safe driving at this time of year.

RT @SF_KevinG:  Sun in your eyes during the morning & evening commutes lately? That's a seasonal road hazard. RT @SunPosition

Lucky driver >

Car collides with backhoe in Hingham  via The Patriot Ledger

Turned onto eastbound street at 8:15 AM.

A car turned right onto eastbound Beal Street in Hingham MA and struck a backhoe stopped on the road. The driver didn’t see the backhoe due to sun glare.

Police proactively issued sun glare warning >

Kudos to UMass Police >

Student critical after struck by car  via @MDCollegian

Westbound at 5:48 PM.

Despite the police having issued a warning via flyers about sun glare in the late afternoon,  a UMass student was struck by car while crossing Eastman Lane in Amherst MA

Driver error, sun glare appear to be factors >

Manchester crash hospitalizes two  via @AsburyParkPress

Left turn + sun glare.

A vehicle driving west on Route 70 in Manchester NJ turned left onto Manchester Boulevard in front of an oncoming vehicle and collided with it. Police believe sun glare contributed to the crash.

Sun glare thought to be cause >

Six-car crash involves Semmes Fire-Rescue truck  via

7:00 AM crash.

A 3-car crash in Wilmer AL was being protected by a fire truck which was in turn struck by two more vehicles. A witness believed sun glare was the cause.

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – October 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 and include a brief synopsis of the news story and a link to the original article.

Take our Survey: How Important To You Is Sunshine?...

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Photo: By 0x010C (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Albion proposes new step design for downtown Oak Park tower via Chicago Tribune

Albion Residential have re-designed their proposed building at 1000 Lake St. in an effort to obtain approval.  Building will be stepped to reduce shadow impacts on Austin Gardens park to the north.

Photo: By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Old South Church puts a $19 million price on sunlight  via @BostonGlobe

The historic 142-year-old Copley Square church wants $19M from developer Boston Properties as compensation for shadows from a planned tower at Back Bay Station.  The fear is that the shade will potentially cause moisture damage to its masonry and darken its stained-glass windows.

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Photo: By Soule, John P., 1827-1904 -- Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Developers battle minister over shade in city park via @smh

Melbourne developer Salta Properties and Malaysian developer Asia One plan to appeal a decision by the Victorian Planning Minister to reduce the height of their proposed tower in an effort to mitigate shadowing on a riverside park.

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Photo: By Drastic draper (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

OPINION: Cast a Giant Shadow?  via WEHOville

The “Sunset Tower”, at 9034 Sunset Boulevard, is the latest hotel proposed for the Sunset Strip.  It is proposed at 19 storeys, almost 200’ tall, while the permitted height is 60’, about 6 storeys.

Based on the comments, there is not much public concern about shadowing.

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Photo: By MikeJiroch - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Pitched battle in Dunbar Ryerson United Church (45th and Yew) rezoning?  via @CityHallWchVAN

Affordable housing advocates vs. community residents.  Concerns include shadow impacts on homes in this Vancouver neighbourhood.

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Photo: Thom Quine, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Do homeowners have a right to light on their solar panels? via @lloydalter

Toronto City councillor Joe Mihevc has asked City staff for a report on residents’ “right to sunlight” as it relates to solar panel installations affected by proposed developments. 

Note: The principle of the “right to light” in Canada was lost in a 1880 court case.

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Photo: By Usien (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Ladner Trunk Road townhouse proposal to proceed despite objections via @DeltaOptimist

20 townhouses and four garden apartments have been approved by Delta council despite objections from area residents.  A shadow study was produced.

Photo: By CanucksWhitecaps - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Cheers, Ralph

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sunrise and Sunset Times - November 2017

Sample sunrise/sunset tables for November 2017 have been posted. The tables include the times of rise and set as well as the time of solar noon and the total number of daylight hours for each day of the month.  Note: All times are given in Standard Time; adjust for Daylight Saving (Summer) Time if in effect.

The sample tables are updated each month and include:
Canada - Barrie, Calgary, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg
USA - Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York, San Diego, San Francisco
Middle East - Baghdad, Kabul, Kuwait City

Click here to view or print the samples or to order a free table for your location.

Cheers, Ralph