History Danger Zone 1920 to 2024

The primary access to Mount Diablo State Park is Mount Diablo Scenic Boulevard, a small, narrow, old road that is deadly dangerous. Since 1931 California State Parks has had an easement over this private road so as to provide access for hundreds of thousands of park visitors.  Along with this legal right comes the legal responsibility to maintain the road (Civil Code 845), which State Parks did until sometime in the late 1970’s. Then suddenly, after over 40 years of being a good neighbor, State Parks STOPPED maintaining the road and has never made any effort to do so since. For nearly 50 years, residents have repeatedly approached State Parks for action, only to receive no response and no action.  There have been two fatalities on the upper portion of Scenic as a direct result of the failure to maintain the road.  It’s not a question of if, but when there will be another fatality if State Parks fails to act. Their easement includes a half-mile narrow and twisting section of Scenic we call “The Danger Zone,” where a cyclist was killed in 2019, numerous bike vs vehicle collisions have occurred and multiple near-miss collisions occur on a daily basis.

 

California State Parks has no plan to address the safety of The Danger Zone for their visitors and, in fact, has been quietly obstructionist to all efforts to improve the situation. Don't take our word for it: Read the History  

Then, please, send in any additional information, emails, documents, surveys, photos, videos, and suggestions.  We look forward to hearing from you and to making The Danger Zone on Scenic safer for park visitors and all users of the road!

BIKE DANVILLE

1974 CA STATE PARKS “WE OWN THE ROAD”

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Local Sign – Please Help!

A Local Resident on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd Installed this Sign (4’by6′) on March 1, 2020 (Sign Removed: February 2021)

Did the Wall; which was built directly on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd. and its Channelizing Effect contribute to the death of Maayan Jones, Husband and Father to Three Boys who was Killed at this Location in June 2019? Notice the width of the dirt to the Wall, which is approximately 5ft!

Newspaper Articles

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Survey “Danger Zone” 60% of Vehicles are Bicycles

In 2019, theVideo Surveys below were conducted at Blind Curve #2. Maayan Jones was killed at the Apex of this incredibly Dangerous Curve.

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FATALITY “DANGER ZONE” Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd

According to the Bay Area News Group (8/30/19) “He might still be alive today if the California Department of Parks and Recreation hadn’t ignored a 1992 court order to maintain the road where Jones collided 27 years later with a the front of a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche” (photo below).

DANGER ZONE MAP (3:25:2021)

1974 CA STATE PARKS “HAS JURISDICTION”