As the equinox comes and goes, the sun will continue to be at a dangerous angle during rush hour. Bike Portland (and Seattle Bike Blog!) would like to remind you to be extra careful and aware.
Last year about this time I shared a friendly warning about the perils of sun glare. It just so happens that the sun rises and sets about the same time as the peak AM and PM commutes when lots of people are on the roads. When the sun is at just the right angle, it’s very difficult to see and glare causes many collisions each year — like the one that seriously injured 76-year-old Clark Henry a few weeks ago.
As for advice, assume cars cannot see you (which is actually good advice in general, but especially during sun glare times). Remember Jeff Word’s averted tragedy in South Lake Union during the spring? Sun glare was likely a factor in the driver not seeing the red light (you can see the sun in her eyes in the video, shot by David Behroozi):
More advice from Bike Portland:
As far as advice goes, if you’re riding in the opposite direction of the sun, assume that cars turning left cannot see you at all. Stop and wait until they’ve passed before moving through the intersection. If you’re riding into the sun, there’s not as much you can do. Craig H. recommends rolling onto the sidewalk if possible or perhaps even choosing a lower-traffic, tree-shaded route.
I would also recommend using your lights whenever the sun is at a shallow angle, as should people driving cars.
Do you have any advice for biking when the sun is in people’s eyes?