ALERT: Vehicle -vs- Bicyclist on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill

December 11, 2017 15:17 pm · 21 comments

A rescue is underway after a vehicle struck a bicyclist on Contra Costa Blvd. at Chilpancingo Pkwy. in Pleasant Hill just after 3 p.m. today.

The bicyclist was stuck under the vehicle, according to the fire department.

The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.

Use caution if you’re in the area.

TIFOKCIS December 11, 2017 at 6:05 PM

I hope it wasn’t a DVC student or a normal person. I see a lot of scumbags in the area, you know those precious ‘homeless people’.

Googlar December 11, 2017 at 10:30 PM

Yeah damn those subhumans!

Siu Blue Wind December 11, 2017 at 7:21 PM

Bikes should be banned from busy streets. They don’t pay gas tax and expect us to wait for them as they run through red lights. Ride your toys somewhere else so the people going to their jobs don’t have to wait for you. If that’s too difficult at least get on the sidewalk fools!

Kenji December 11, 2017 at 9:08 PM

The total revenue collected from gas tax, driver fees, and tolls is less than the cost of building and maintaining roads. The remainder of the cost is funded by general taxation (sales, property, income) which everyone pays without regard to whether they drive a lot, a little, or not at all. An example very close to home is the Measure Q sales tax which we pay here in Concord. Part of that money goes to the repair of damage caused to our local roads by cars. The payment of that tax is not limited to those who do the driving, nor do bicyclists receive any kind of exemption or discount from that tax.

Kenji December 11, 2017 at 9:10 PM

If you want bicyclists in Concord to ride on the sidewalk generally, you are urging them to break the law. Municipal Code 10.45.240: “It shall be unlawful for any person to ride or operate any bicycle with the wheel size in excess of 20 inches on any sidewalk in front of stores, schools, or buildings used for business purposes.”

Jojo Potato December 11, 2017 at 9:34 PM

Nice try windy but your trolling skills are weak. Or maybe the fish are just not biting. Even the Spare the Air day posting hasn’t attracted the usual pack of howling knuckle draggers. BTW, this morning I pedaled straight through a four way stop forcing a couple cagers to come to complete stops. Hah! Felt great. That’s how you do it.

JazzMan December 11, 2017 at 10:01 PM

Um, excuse me, but most of us DO pay taxes (road and otherwise). We have every right to share the road with drivers who flaunt the laws, running red lights, speeding, and running us off the road. And by the way, unless you are a child, riding on the sidewalk is against the law.

Eudamonia December 11, 2017 at 10:42 PM

Mine is not a toy. I ride 9.8 miles to work and I pay taxes. Tonight I’m praying for the human being who was injured in this car v bike collision.

Jonathan December 12, 2017 at 5:54 PM

Bikes used for commuting are not toys. Bike commuters do a service for everyone by reducing pollution and waste, and getting to work without adding to traffic or wearing out roads.

On the other hand plenty of the cars on the road are accurately described as toys. Do people need a V8 truck on jacked-up monster tires to commute to their office jobs? Those things aren’t even useful for real construction work. Or delivering pizza in a hot-rodded mustang… People driving oversized or overpowered cars do extra damage to the road, make the roads less safe, and cause extra pollution that effects everyone.

Joe Strickland December 12, 2017 at 6:56 PM

Siu Blue Wind has a valid point, I will not ride with traffic or on roads for that matter. Side walks are working fine, I am concerned about cross walks in the dark, Flashing lights are very much needed! Remember Cyclist are invisible in all situations. And the helmet rule should apply to any moving two wheeler.

Elvis December 11, 2017 at 8:23 PM

Have you noticed that huge numbers of homeless people are single individuals, and that virtually all the services offered by the county are directed toward families? Or, that men who are homeless far outnumber women who are homeless — also because special services are directed to women and children? When there is a food drive this time of year, have you noticed it is invariably labeled, or called, or referred to as “Food or Families?” Is it any wonder the ranks of the homeless continue to swell with this blatant and outright discrimination? Singles do not have the built in support group that families enjoy and when things go wrong for them, the results are more likely to be disastrous. Do you know that a huge number of homeless are military veterans? Well, now you do. I’m sorry to hear this person was hit by a car and I certainly hope for a good outcome for them, homeless or not.

Frodo December 11, 2017 at 9:01 PM

Elvis makes some interesting points. Particularly about the high number of homeless vets. “Support the Troops” ? eh, maybe not so much apparently.

michele white December 11, 2017 at 9:21 PM

Thanks for that heartfelt response, Elvis. It is nice to hear from someone who actually sees homeless people–and especially, as you say, single ones as hurting human beings and not as scumbags as they are so often referred to in this column.

Kenji December 11, 2017 at 10:10 PM

Thanks Elvis and michele white for talking about people like they are people.

Kentucky Derby December 11, 2017 at 10:23 PM

All homeless are hurting human beings, regardless of marital status. Being bitter about being single and childless has nothing to do with the homeless.

Vandy December 12, 2017 at 7:02 AM

I support improving bicycle infrastructure. We should add bike lanes to several roads. The city has been inneffective at improving bicycle infrastructure. There have been a few improvements here and there. But for the most part we have just been getting signs thay say “share the road” that are ignored by drivers. It doesn’t seem like sharing the road happened here in this story for example. We need marked bicycle lanes in both directions the full length of Concord Blvd, Concord Ave/Galindo, Willow Pass, Contra Costa Blvd, Monument Ave, Cowell, Clayton Road. There is no excuse to have multiple car lanes on these major arteries without dedicated bike lanes along their entire length. This needs to happen.

Maria December 12, 2017 at 8:02 AM

Regardless what the bike or who may be riding it. The law clearly states, pedestrians and bicyclists have the right of way!

Not to mention it’s a way better alternative for commuting. Specially if all your driving is within a 5 mile radius to work and you drive a gas gusszler!

Kenji December 12, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Under the Vehicle Code, pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks, both marked and unmarked. An unmarked crosswalk basically means a line at 90 degrees extending from any street corner.

Bicyclists do not necessarily have the right of way. The same right-of-way rules apply to bicyclists and motorists alike, unless otherwise indicated (for instance, the “Yield to Bikes” signs at places where right-turning motor traffic crosses paths with through bicycle traffic).

Mel December 13, 2017 at 2:04 PM

But they do not have the right of way to blow through stop signs, cut cars off, and do unsafe things in traffic.

james68810 December 12, 2017 at 8:19 AM

Everytime I go to the Bay Area from Nebraska I see tons of adults riding bikes everywhere all times of the day. They even ride kids bikes. And these do not appear to be athletes or commuters. Often they are “towing” what appears to be junk. What’s going on?

Kenji December 12, 2017 at 9:52 AM

What’s going on is transportation.

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