"Tell your State Representatives: Fund the 77 Bike Turnout
Project #2019-05 in Mount Diablo State Park" to Prevent Injuries or Possible Fatalities!
Use the official links below to contact elected representatives!
(Sample Letter below, Include your Personal Experience!)
1. State Senator Steve Glazer: to send comments use this link https://sd07.senate.ca.gov/contact/email
Senator.Glazer@senate.ca.gov (925) 258-1176
2. Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan: to send comments use this link https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD16
Assemblymember.firstname.lastname@example.org (925) 328-1515
3. Assemblymember Tim Grayson: to send comments use this link
Assemblymember.email@example.com (925) 521-1511
Please Include in Your Letter to Elected Representatives:
- “Fund 77 Bike Turnout Project #2019-05 in Mount Diablo State Park” to prevent injuries or possible fatalities.
- Your Personal Experience (years of riding, near-miss collisions, why you want Bike Turnouts)
- Only two or three Bullet comments from Sample Letter Below
- In order to prevent future serious injuries or fatalities, it is urgent for the 77 Bike Turnout Project #2019-05 in Mount Diablo State Park to be funded as soon as possible!
- Near-Miss collisions between motorists and cyclists on Mount Diablo occur repeatedly every day on the roads of Mount Diablo. On a typical weekend day, up to 500 drivers share these roads with approximately 700 cyclists. The annual number of cars, trucks and bicycles visiting the Park may now number more than 400,000, and according to Park staff, “the majority of vehicles on Mount Diablo are bicycles.” Motor vehicles travel faster uphill than cyclists; they want to pass.
- After analyzing information acquired through Public Records Act requests, including over 200 Traffic Collision Reports, as well as surveys of motorists and cyclists, and literally hundreds of videos filmed in the Park, we believe that it is not a question of if, but when the next Bike vs. Vehicle Collision will occur.
- The next collision will most likely occur at or near a blind curve and result in a serious injury or a fatality. According to responses in our Motorist Surveys, “most motorists entering the Park have never been to Mount Diablo before and are unaware that they will share the narrow, winding roads with hundreds of cyclists.” Cyclists completing a recent survey reported a total of 336 unsafe passes on blind curves in one day!
- Bike Turnouts were created in 2016 through a joint effort of Mount Diablo Cyclists and State Parks to allow motorists to pass uphill-bound cyclists. Three Pilot Bike Turnouts were initially installed. These were determined to be effective, and ten more were constructed in the following year.
- Unfortunately, and despite the fact that these 13 Bike Turnouts are used daily by cyclists, no additional Bike Turnouts have been added since 2017.
- These Bike Turnouts are supported by local elected leaders, Park staff and volunteers, the California Highway Patrol, Bike East Bay and other cycling organizations, and a petition with over 3,300 signatures. Surveys of motorists and cyclists and video images all support the potential of these new Bike Turnouts to significantly and permanently reduce the possibility of collisions, injuries, and fatalities.