ALERT: Motorcycle Collision Blocking Lanes on Ygnacio Valley Rd.

August 13, 2014 9:14 am · 31 comments

There is a large backup on Ygnacio Valley Rd. going towards Walnut Creek due to an injury collision between a motorcycle and a car.

The crash occurred between Ayers and Cowell.

Please use an alternate route if you need to go to Walnut Creek.

Richard August 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM

I took the Cal Hayward extension side road missed the backup. They had cars going down Alberta. Pretty busy. Hope all will be find in the accident.

Marianne August 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Share the road and Ride Safe!

Jerk August 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Don’t ride, there’s too many distracted cagers out there.

Concord Guy August 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Motorcyclist probably was white-lining at too high a rate of speed.

I do hope he is okay, though.

sue August 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

cncord guy #4 allways blame the motorcycle driver. Dumb My husband as been in 3 acidents on his bike all ways was the cars fault. they don’t look out for other drivers some just try to [ush you off the road. white lineing IS LEAGEL IN CALIFORa most peopel are just jelious because they can do it. give these guys room. .

Sunnymoon August 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Perhaps it’s time to review lane splitting. Some abuse this privilege.

Insidious J August 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM

@ Concord Guy…
Motorist was probably doing their makeup/eating/taking on their phone/speeding/changing lanes without signaling or being distracted in some other way.

@Sue #5 August 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Nope, we are not jelious,

Nuttsie the Nutter August 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM

As a rider all I can say to Concord Guy is that you are an idiot.

anon August 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

“white lineing IS LEAGEL IN CALIFORa most peopel are just jelious because they can do it. give these guys room. .”

1. learn to spell
2. lane filtering/splitting is technically legal in CA (not in the other 49 for a reason)
BUT……. the way it is done most of the time is done illegally … I see it every day
Want me to tell you why ??

well... August 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

That’s funny!! People pissed off because someone blamed the bike rider and then they do the same- blame the driver.

drivers know that there are a lot of bad drivers but mc riders refuse to accept that there are bad mc riders. The last several accidents have all been the fault of the mc. Why is that?

RCC August 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM

@ #10
here ya go..
“Basically, what we’re most interested in is the speeds,” Pope said. “You should lane-split no faster than 10 mph over the speed of traffic around you, and we recommend (motorcyclists) not split at all if the traffic is faster than 30 mph.”

‘Guidelines make sense’

Bay Area motorcycle commuters said the rules sounded sane and sensible.

“I used to be a little crazy when I rode, but not anymore,” said Alex Bond, 53, who rides a Harley from his home in Richmond to downtown San Francisco five days a week and saves 30 minutes to an hour by lane-splitting most of the way. “I think the guidelines make sense; honestly, I don’t lane-split above about 30 anymore.”

Jon Jaiks, 50, of Oakland said that if the new rules mean a crackdown on some of his more aggressive fellow riders, that would be all for the good.

“I’m kind of glad they did that, because I’ve seen some guys go by at 40 mph,” he said. “A little clarity helps. I drive respectful, but not everyone does.”

CHP officers have always had the legal authority to ticket motorcyclists who were driving dangerously fast, Pope said, but the new rules are designed to provide specifics.

“You can still get a ticket for doing it unsafely,” Pope said, referring to lane-splitting. “If a car can get a ticket for it, a motorcycle can as well.”

Pope isn’t just an enforcer – he’s also a rider who often lane-splits on his Kawasaki Concours C14 while commuting in Sacramento.

He realizes that some car drivers see lane-splitters as borderline cheaters cutting ahead of others, but he says the practice is actually safer for motorcyclists than politely staying in line in a lane.

Motorcyclists “are not trying to be obnoxious or rude” when they lane-split, Pope said. “They don’t have air bags or crash cages, so they’re trying to protect themselves. What we see more often than motorcyclists being involved in lane-splitting accidents is we see motorcyclists running into the backs of cars.”

Lari August 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Hope the folks in the accident are OK. I was stuck in the ensuing traffic when the ambulance and cops went by. Many of us ended up crossing the median to turn around and take a detour as it was completely blocked. I got rear-ended a few months ago just past Ayers…someone not paying attention and trying to jump into the left lane without realizing the right lane was at a complete stand still. Boom. People are so quick to change lanes to gain an extra minute or two.

@11 August 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM


Justin August 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Good lord #5 – that’s one of the worst-written posts I’ve ever seen.

Lane-splitting is certainly legal, but I often see it abused. Motorcycles are only supposed to go 10 mph over other traffic to split, but they often blow by way in excess of that and cut it rather close.

Not saying your husband or this guy did, but let’s not act like it doesn’t happen.

this is just....sad August 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

“cncord guy #4 allways blame the motorcycle driver. Dumb My husband as been in 3 acidents on his bike all ways was the cars fault. they don’t look out for other drivers some just try to [ush you off the road. white lineing IS LEAGEL IN CALIFORa most peopel are just jelious because they can do it. give these guys room. .”

Summer August 13, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Remember someone is hurt!! Your son, husband or friend! Thoughts and prayers.

Linzer Torte August 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Safely sharing the road is the responsibility of BOTH drivers and motorcyclists (or any type cyclist for that matter). I don’t understand why this always turns into a motorist vs. cyclist thing. These accidents should be taken on a case-by-case basis.

And @sue #5, oh…my god. Just…..oh my god.

Tom August 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Justin, “worst written posts” are one of the many “bonuses” of Claycord. It offsets my stressful gig. Conquering everything with humor helps……

@Sue - Didn't say it was illegal, but... August 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

My husband & I ride, too, and what Concord Guy #4 didn’t say white lining was illegal. He said was probably too high a rate of speed. Although we don’t know anything about this specific accident, there is a new law about lane-splitting. It is not to be more than 10 mph over the speed of the surrounding traffic flow. And not over 30 mph. Many people may not know that.

That would mean that if the traffic is stopped, the maximum speed allowed would be 10 mph.

Concord Guy August 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Lol. I take great joy in reading poorly written posts, along with hilariously inappropriate mixed metaphores and bad malaprops…

The importance of good grammar and spelling August 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

While reading these comments, it came to my attention that, while one may be able to make others understand a sentence regardless of the quality of grammar and spelling, using good grammar and spelling does garner respect from the reader. And using poor grammar and spelling loses the respect of the reader. When someone reads a sentence full of grammar and spelling errors, the reader loses confidence in the intelligence of the writer. The reader makes a judgment about the writer’s intelligence based on the quality of the writing. Therefore, studying and practicing grammar and spelling skills is a valuable endeavor for gaining respect and trust, and for winning arguments.

New lane splitting law August 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM
Isabelle August 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Good grammar and spelling is important, but thank goodness for new laws.

Anon August 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Poor writing skills reflect the intellegece of the poster.

Bluto August 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I find the reactions of cyclists interesting. It’s as if they are vying for minority status in California. People are out to get them, hate based on fear based on “jealousy” (that on is my favorite).

Let me ask you this, when that cyclist hit the turkey two months ago near the same area, was the turkey out to get him? The d-bag was almost killed because he hit a turkey!

Hell, your not even a match for poultry, let alone a 3000# car. No matter who is at fault you’ll be the one in the zip up bag.

You choose to ride exposed to danger, grow a pair and quit crying or give up riding.

Informed1 August 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

The motorbike rider was cut off. A car not paying attention cut him off and stopped in front of him.

The rider had minor injuries.

He was not speeding, lane filtering, or driving bad.

He was riding with due regard.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to watch out for each other.

@27 August 13, 2014 at 8:09 PM

You forgot:

“Brought to you by the law offices of Lewinski, Lewinski, and Albini accident attorneys at law. Your pain is our gain.”

KenInConcord August 13, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Hey @Sue. #5 Really three accidents that were not his fault. Arguing “It’s legal!”. Maybe he is riding at the edge of his ability and can’t avoid something unexpected.

I rode for many years. And I assumed that everyone was trying to get me!! Offensive driving!! Yes people did stupid things but I had room to avoid an accident. I never crashed. I avoided more than a few dangerous mistakes by cars.

If husband is driving in a way that he is insisting on his right-of-way. You better take lots of pictures of him so you can show them to the kids! And tell them stories about their father.

KenInConcord August 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Yes I know, it should have been.

“Defensive driving!!”

justpayattentionoutthere August 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Not to fuel more needless arguments, but I believe those lane splitting “guidelines” were actually removed by the CHP because of a lack of enforceability. They’ve always been common sense rules, but they are not laws. That said, while it is 100% legal to lane split, moving back and forth across lane markers (and straddling lane markers in a car) is not legal.

I ride a motorcycle. And because of that I have become a more sensible and aware driver. However, I commute over 120 miles a day and I witness scenarios like this waiting to happen on a daily basis.

Use your mirrors. Use your signals. And don’t use your damn phone. Pretty simple.

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