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!

Memorial to Maayan Jones in 2019.

2019 “GHOST BIKE”

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VIDEO SURVEY: 768 (97%) VEHICLES CROSSED VITURAL CENTERLINE”

Open Tab: Survey “Danger Zone” 60% of Vehicles are Bicycles to read the Video Survey Results. The 30 Photos below represent a few of the 768 vehicles (97%) that Crossed Over the Vitual Centerline at Blind Curve #2 as they drove from the Mount Diablo State Park direction

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BLIND CURVE #2 (FATALITY) 6/26/2019

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NEAR-MISS BIKE VS VEHICLE INCIDENT

It is our understanding that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has jurisdiction over the Danger Zone –  Mt. Diablo Scenic Boulevard, not the Contra Costa County Sherriff or California State Park Rangers. Therefore, we are asking the CHP to patrol the road, especially on weekends, and to issue tickets or CHP Warning Letters to motorists as…

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SAFETY SIGNS – SILENT ANGELS OF SCENIC

The Silent Angels of Scenic have installed four safety message signs just before the entrance to South Gate Road, Mount Diablo State Park BICYCLES DESCENDING, DON’T BE INSANE, AVOID A CRASH, STAY IN YOUR LANE. These signs are known as ” Burma Shave ” signs. Thank You Silent Angels of Scenic! . .  

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CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS – “STALL & DELAY” – DECEMBER 2019 TO PRESENT

  Since the death of Maayan Jones (photo above) in 2019, the residents in the “Danger Zone” have attempted to engage Eddie Guaracha, Diablo Range District Superintendent, California State Parks; to improve the safety for All Park Visitors along this section of road. Please take a few minutes to become acquainted with the History of…

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TRAFFIC VOLUME SURVEY($32,500) – MT. DIABLO SCENIC BLVD

California State Parks Spend $32,500 on this Traffic Volume Survey according to a Public Records Act Request.

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DIABLO COMMUNITY SERVICE DISTRICT DANGER ZONE LETTER TO STATE PARKS

“Our Board supports the position taken by our residents and the community and requests that you prioritze evaluation of the conditions of this dangerous section of road along with the vehicular and cyclists traffic to determine what improvements can and must be made to safeguard all users of Mt. Diablo Scenic. We would also welcome…

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SILENT ANGELS OF SCENIC & LARGE PINE LOGS

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Video Survey Danger Zone (Blind Curve #3) Solid Double Yellow Line

On July 17, 2021 (10am to 11am) a Video Survey was conducted of All Mount Diablo State Park Visitor Vehicles, Bicycles and Hikers traveling up/down at Blind Curve #3, Danger Zone, Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.  Where numerous Near-Miss Bike vs Vehicle and Actual Collisions have occurred. No Vehicle crossed over the Solid Double Yellow Line,…