Injured Cyclist Airlifted From Mount Diablo

MOUNT DIABLO (CBS SF) – An injured bicyclist was airlifted out of Mount Diablo State Park Monay afternoon, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District spokeswoman Kim French said.

The fire district received a call shortly before 1:15 p.m. from someone reporting that a bicyclist was injured near Rock City, an area on the south side of the park off of South Gate Road.

Information about how the person was hurt was not immediately available, but French was able to confirm that the person’s injuries were serious enough that firefighters called for a helicopter.

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  • Ben

    It’s getting more difficult to regard cyclists as intelligent beings. I live on a steep uphill road and they ride extremely slowly, exposing themselves to bilnd curves, no shoulder, and occasional patches of loose gravel on the way up, and then they come down at up to 20 mph over the speed limit by blind driveways around blind curves. They crash solo mostly, but law of averages will catch up to them and one will hit a car pulling out and be dead sooner or later. It’s really hard to watch this stupidity over and over. That said, my best to the victim. May you wise up and get a hobby with a better risk/return ratio.

    • David Krattli

      As a cyclist, I do not condone cyclist who ride recklessly, however I ride Mt Diablo approximately 2 days a week, or over 100 time a year. I ride well within reason both descending and ascending the mountain. Each time I come down, I come around at least one corner on the decent, in my lane, only to find a car trying to pass a cyclist traveling up hill in a blind corner (in my lane). This is illegal under California Motor Vehicle code. Not that being in the right would be any consolation if I was dead. I do not mean this as a defense for cyclist who ride recklessly, but think of it this way, if a cyclist is in the wrong and they cause an accident with a car who is likely to pay the deepest (the cyclist)? Then reverse it, with the car causing the accident, who pays the deepest here (the cyclist)? So, before you do any finger pointing, ride a mile in the cyclists’ shoes. I put my life in the hands of our fellow California drivers every time I ride my bike, and on average 100 times a year they prove to me that they do not take that respectability seriously, either from lack of knowledge of how to drive mountain roads or lack of a care about my life’s value.
      As for your comment about finding another hobby with a better risk/return ratio, I do everything in my power to make that worth wild for me. But it still saddens me when I here about an injury or death of a rider, because I know that whatever I do as an “intelligent being”, the stupidity or arrogance of a driver could orphan my kids.
      Karma is a good way to think about those solo crashes you talk about, but I do not want to have to pay for the bad karma of a bad driver.

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