Fatality, Serious Injuries, Collisions, Near-Miss Collisions and PG&E Trucks on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd
We would like to thank everyone for showing up on July 11, 2019 to honor the memory of Maayan Jones. He was hit by vehicle (map below) on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd on June 26, 2019. Maayan loved to ride a bike and especially enjoyed riding up Mount Diablo. Please take a moment to remember Maayan the next time you ride up the mountain.
- According to the Bay Area News Group (8/30/19) "He might still be alive today if the California Department of Parks and Recreation hadn't ignored a 1992 court order to maintain the road where Jones collided 27 years later with a the front of a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche" (photo below).
- Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd. is a private road which connects to South Gate Road, the entrance to Mount Diablo State Park from Diablo Rd in Danville. In 1931, the State was granted a “perpetual right of way” on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd for the benefit of the public to access the State Park.
- Most of the traffic using this 1.1 mile road is for access to and from Mount Diablo State Park by the public and not the residents along the road. Buses, fire engines, construction trucks, cars, SUVs, RVs, and all sorts of vehicles entering and exiting the Park cause most of the damage to the roadway.
- According to the CA State Parks records for FY 17/18: 32,642 vehicles drove up South Gate Rd via Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd to Mount Diablo State Park! In addition, tens of thousands more vehicles came down the mountain traveling on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd. Approximately 65,000 to 75,000 cyclists rode up South Gate Rd in FY 17/18 and tens of thousands of cyclists rode down the mountain.
- As the owner of the Right of Way - Easement; does CA State Parks have the legal and moral obligation to maintain the roadway for the safety of the public entering and exiting MDSP? That includes the safety of thousands of cyclists who ride up and down Mount Diablo each year! 60% of All Vehicles using this 0.4 mile section of Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd, South Gate Road (MDSP) are Bicycles!
- That includes conducting a Caltrans Road Traffic Safety/Speed Survey, filling pot holes and immediately implementing safety improvements; such as installing a Solid Double Yellow Line from the Park Entrance 0.4 mile at South Gate Road along Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd ($10,000 price estimate below). This would include analyzing five dangerous blind curves where Near-Miss and actual collisions have occurred resulting in serious injuries and a fatality.
- On January 1, 2020 a male cyclist was hit by a vehicle at a Blind Curve on Mt Diablo Scenic Blvd
- On On November 20, 2019 a male cyclist was hit and injured by a vehicle at a Blind Curve on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd
- On July 7, 2019 a female cyclist was hit and injured (photo below) near the pothole (24"x24") (photo below) on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd (map below, pothole painted the next day by cyclist)
- On July 6, 2019 a male cyclist was hit and injured near a pothole on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd
- On February 17, 2019 a male cyclist was hit and injured by a vehicle on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd
- On July 7, 2019 Volunteers using a Mount Diablo State Park vehicle and equipment filed 7 Potholes on Mount Diablo Scenic Blvd
Near-Miss Bike vs Vehicle Collision: Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd
5 Dangerous Blind Curves (0.4 mile) on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd (1.1 mile)
Why hasn't a Solid Double Yellow Line and proper signage been installed on this Dangerous 0.4 mile section of Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd?
Why is the Posted Speed Limit 25mph on this 0.4 mile section of Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd; "far faster than motorists can safely navigate"?
PG&E ignored California Safety Guidelines for a few hours this morning on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd! At the same Dangerous Blind Curve where a Cyclist was hit and killed by a vehicle on June 26 2019!
- PG&E installed only one sign in the North bound Direction, “Road Work Ahead.” NO FLAGMAN TO DIRECT TRAFFIC! Motorists and Cyclists going up/down were on their own as they were channelized into a narrow one way lane with NO Direction from PG&E!
- A cyclist could have been killed today! I spoke to the PG&E Supervisor, Marcus. I told him that a cyclist had been killed where he parked one of the large blue trucks.
- I informed him that hundreds of cyclist and vehicles would be traveling up/down this Dangerous Blind Curve on their way to South Gate Road and Mount Diablo State Park.
- I asked him to correct this Dangerous Situation Immediately, put out FLAGMEN AT BOTH ENDS TO CONTROL TRAFFIC AND KEEP CYCLISTS AND MOTORISTS SAFE! He moved a few vehicles and continued work, Endangering Motorists and Cyclists!
- I called 911 - CHP Dispatch at 8:40 and reported the Dangerous Situation.
- By 9:40 PG&E finished their work, no CHP, so I called 911 – CHP Dispatch and canceled the requested. Please Share this with PG&E before a Cyclists is Killed! (Three Large Blue Trucks License#: 3710732, 07107S2, 55454H1) (Two White Pickups License#8W83662)