Vehicle -vs- Bicycle Collision in Concord

May 31, 2012 15:42 pm · 40 comments

A Claycordian just wrote in about a vehicle -vs- bicycle collision on the on-ramp to southbound-680 on Willow Pass Road in Concord.

According to the witness, the vehicle was going westbound on Willow Pass when it turned onto the on-ramp and struck the cyclist, who was crossing the road.

The cyclist was injured but alive and talking when paramedics arrived on scene.

Thanks to Ryan for the photo and the information!


anon May 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

A homeless guy that won’t be for long with the settlement.

Anon May 31, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Works both ways – I had the green light from Commerce to 242 South and some dude is right there going against the light on his bikey. Yep, He got mad when I blasted Him with the horn. Had there been Police around he would have been ticketed.
Or the woman on Willow Pass in front of Farmers market riding a bike on street and cutting in front of cars – I got that one on video.

Connie Dobbs May 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

That is a pretty scary intersection, though. I wouldn’t want to have to cross it on foot.

anon May 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

We saw this today. It’s a dangerous spot. I don’t think the cyclist was homeless. I didn’t get a close look but there were several people standing around assisting and the cyclist looked young. The car windshield was damaged. It was a fairly new car as well, and I think the driver may have been young though it was hard to tell.

It’s a dangerous spot as the crosswalk is on the inside of the curve to the onramp. Vehicles come around fast and can’t stop in time.

Winston May 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

That’s a deadly intersection design for people on foot or on bike. More of the terrible road engineering that’s typical around here.

MikeyV May 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Man! I was gonna go to Guitar Center after work, good thing I headed home instead!

NoMoreFreeRide May 31, 2012 at 4:43 PM

@anon – Actually, there is no cross walk on that side of the street. If you look at the corner where Market meets Concord heading West bound there is a barrier stopping pedestrians.

#1mom May 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

damn drivers lean how to drive

anon May 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

A car hit a pedestrian a few minutes ago on Monument Blvd and the vehicle took off and the victim was injured. I think CPD got a license plate.

Cap'n Nick May 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM

@anon #1, where the hell did you read “homeless”? I’m sure you’re right. It must have been intentional on the part of the cyclist. Accidents don’t just happen and drivers, cyclists or pedestrians never make mistakes.

Schmee May 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

They need an overcrossing bridge from iron head trail over the freeway to the mall. It’s completely ridiculous why anyone thinks its safe to have the bicyclists cross two free way on ramps to go one block to the mall from the other side of the freeway. I noticed this when wanting to go from pleasant hill onto the trail

Stop, Look, and Listen May 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Look before you cross the street! It’s an on ramp for crying out loud. Of course cars are going to be going there. It’s not like someone ran a red light and struck a cyclist on a crosswalk.

Lance May 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

What is with bicyclists and their jester outfits?

Free2Ride May 31, 2012 at 6:06 PM

“Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!”
Hope all will heal and be OK.

That intersection is hairy but statistics and the municipal and vehicle codes want the bicycles in the street with the rest of the vehicles. Rolling in cross walks is the bicyclist’s responsibility and it is more dangerous than we think.

Lets see what the professionals write about it when they are done.

BRAAAP!!! May 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

@NoMoreFreeRide – wrong on-ramp. This happened at the 680 on ramp next top the mall not the 242 on market, get it right

That on-ramp is very dangerous though. Cars just come flying around that corner and they can’t even see where the crosswalk begins until you’re completely past the overpass and at that point, it is very difficult to yield to pedestrians/cyclists. The cyclist probably was just being too impatient and didn’t wait for a good opportunity to cross. Something needs to be done about this crosswalk, like adding flashing yellow yield lights before or under the overpass that flash when pedestrians are waiting (like the Iron Horse Crossing on Cowell Rd.), at least the drivers will have some sort of warning before. This could save lives.

Od Fart May 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

@ NoMoreFreeRide, actually there is a cross walk across the on ramp from west bound Willow pass onto the freeway, and it is dangerous.

Howard K Mullins III May 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Its not that anyone needs to learn to drive or ride a bike, its more about paying attention to the traffic around the car and being considerate of others.

I don’t know who is at fault, nor does it matter. If both had been looking out for each other, this would not have happened.

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Sarge May 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Yesterday there was an multi rear-ender accident under 680 just across from this location. The CHP officers were doing a terrible job at traffic control, actually yelling at people instead of directing traffic. Maybe they are looking for a raise.

Sinn Feiner May 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

One reason why I ride my bike at night instead of during the day. I had to ride my bike to work one day and thought I was going to get hit!

SpursFan May 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

@Stop, Look, and Listen. Sounds like the bike was already in the intersection. The car failed to yield. Cars fly onto that on-ramp, sometimes cutting across 2 lanes to get there.

@BRAAAP!!! why assume the cyclist was impatient. He probably waited for a space, but the driver wasn’t paying attention.

Cracky McGee May 31, 2012 at 8:29 PM

What time did this happen?? I drove up that on ramp this afternoon at 415pm and stopped for 3 pedestrians and 1 bicyclist that noone was paying attention to …

Rich May 31, 2012 at 8:37 PM

It’s time for every city and county to have a Bike / Trail plan. That location is near the entrance to the East Bay Regional Park Trail that parallels Hw4 East on the north side. Because of the Weapons Depot bikes are actually allowed on HWY 4 – the Freeway Shoulder from Willow Pass Road to Port Chicago. Crazy but true – the Cal Tran signage is there. You would think it would be pretty easy to open up a trail from the end of Evora Rd through the weapons depot and along the city golf course to Port Chicago, so bikes & pedestrians could go direct to BART and connect with the Iron Horse Trail. Not holding my breath on that one. By the way fellow bikers you can join me on the Bridge to Bridge Bike ride June 10th supporting Special Olympics more here

Rich May 31, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Oops Wrong location i was thinking of the other end of willow pass Both places unsafe. keep peddling

the Shi ite May 31, 2012 at 9:03 PM

What’s worse is that off ramp, both lanes turn right but the car on the inside lane Never stays on the inside (in their lane). If you’re on the outside lane and turning right towards Contra costa – be careful you don’t get side swiped.

flying cycle monkey May 31, 2012 at 9:14 PM

The guy hits the windshield. Who’s right and wrong; the occupant of the car, right or wrong, isn’t hurt.

Ya, either can be wrong, but just think, if you have the 100 X advantage, in every respect, couldn’t you cut the other guy some slack?

@flying cycle monkey May 31, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Like my grandpa used to say, “You can be wrong and you can be dead right”.

Lost June 1, 2012 at 12:59 AM

I swear, bicycles are becoming more and more dangerous. My husband was on his skateboard and some lady hit him and kept driving with him on her windshield. They couldnt do anything because it was in a parking lot

Z Man June 1, 2012 at 4:48 AM

Like someone else said. It is an onramp…… I say watch the f*ck out.

anonares June 1, 2012 at 7:01 AM

This can be a tough lane to get through. Some drivers are getting on the southbound freeway and some are going to the mall. There are alot of inconsiderate drivers who wait for the last second to get into this turn lane to skip the line of drivers who are paying attention. Also you are traveling from the shade of the overpass into the bright sunlight. The bicyclist is sometimes traveling towards you and seeing all of these factors can be overwhelming. I hope the cyclist is O.K.

Mark June 1, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Was the bicyclist riding or walking in the crosswalk?

@ poo-flinging monkey June 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

“Ya, either can be wrong, but just think, if you have the 100 X disadvantage, in every respect, couldn’t you watch for the other guy so you don’t get killed?

Fixed that for you.

BTW, people riding bikes are NOT pedestrians and don’t enjoy the rights and priveleges afforded to pedestrians.

Right! June 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

@ @ poo-flinging monkey. But if its a 1 ton v 15# vehicle logic says for the 1 ton to yield. And correct, bikes are to follow the same laws as cars, but still, see previous point. What pisses me off is bikes on the sidewalk. Have been run over by irresponsible bikes. I always ride in the street…have gotten d\run off the road by cars (including Concord PD), but at least I am obeying the laws. BTW, there IS a section of Willow Pass where bikes can ride on the sidewalk because of the crazy old drivers.

Cowellian June 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Alex I @ 31,
Do you want to try that again, in English, this time? Or do you prefer to let your language to serve as a warning regarding your overwhelming ignorance?

Is June 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

David Rosen driving again?

anon June 1, 2012 at 3:27 PM

“What is with bicyclists and their jester outfits?”

They are the biggest punks– the laws do not apply to them..never seen one stop at a stop sign..when they get one cares.oh yeah–we have to pay for the hospital bill

Mimi (original) June 1, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Riding a bicycle along any major road is very scary!! I wouldn’t ride in the street unless absolutely forced to! It’s the sidewalk for me, even then I’m terrified. Driver’s turn corners without slowing down enough or looking to see what’s going on on the sidewalks, I use my brakes a LOT when riding!!

Right! June 1, 2012 at 5:01 PM

@Mimi (original). So you’d rather break the law also just to be safe? My mom taught me that 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

Shiloh June 1, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I agree that being safe is kind of important. And, where there isn’t a bike lane, the lanes aren’t wide enough for a vehicle and a bike. I hate when I have to practically come to a stop because there is a bicyclist in my lane and other vehicles in the lane next to me and I have no way to get around the bike.

Melissa June 1, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Im the girl that was riding the bicycle and i looked and let two cars pass before i tried to ride across the side walk (which was no more than twelve feet) and she didn’t even apply the brakes before she hit me even witnesses stated.

Mel June 1, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I looked and waited for two cars to pass before i attempted to cross the crosswalk and the driver didn’t apply any brakes until she hit me.

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