Turtle Posted January 11 Report Share Posted January 11 20 hours ago, T3G said: Our Flexities are much better looking. They have a few design flaws or omissions in the front end (IMO) that makes it hard for oncoming traffic to determine the closed side clearance at night, especially when the roads are wet or the lane markings are missing or worn out. This could have contributed to the head on with the van on Queen and Bond, Jan 9 at 1am. Not the cause, just a contributing factor, as well as all the usual other ones: -lazy sloppy inattentive driving by private vehicle owners + cell phone use -vision/perception problems -impairment by substance, medication, or fatigue -just plain dumb -and so on Both pictures I used here are stolen from somebody else on the internet, I haven't had a chance to take some of my own to illustrate my point, when I do I will replace the images The first image is a frontal shot of the streetcar with the headlights on. I've circled the area I am talking about. There should be some sort of illuminated side marker, the outermost headlight ends about 1' before the side of the streetcar. It lines up with the running rail. At night, those led headlights have a tendency to blind oncoming traffic, it makes it hard to see where the body of the streetcar ends. Combine that with lane markings that tend to hide on wet roads, or lane markings that are worn out. People see the left running rail and think that's where the streetcar side is, or where the lane ends. The second image is a side view, I've highlighted an area where they have installed a reflective vertical strip, but it is facing sideways and is not visible to oncoming traffic. That would be a good spot to put a vertical illuminated amber strip or some other form of illuminated side marker. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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