Ceremony set for Mount Diablo bike switches | New
Several local elected officials were due to join local cycling – and cycling safety – enthusiasts this weekend to celebrate an ambitious and long-awaited project to make Mount Diablo’s popular routes safer for cyclists.
State Sen. Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda), along with Mount Diablo Riders President Al Kalin and state park officials, were scheduled to travel to Curry Point at Mount Diablo State Park this Saturday for a ceremony marking and celebrating the completion of 30 new bicycle turnouts in the park.
Speakers were also expected to discuss the history of the highly anticipated turnout project and the push from a wide range of community members, park-goers and cyclists themselves for increased safety measures to prevent bicycle accidents on the mountain.
“The new bike lanes on Mount Diablo will allow cyclists and motorists to safely ascend and descend the mountain, making this valuable resource more accessible to area residents and visitors,” Glazer said in a statement. “I was pleased to help Mount Diablo Cyclists and the Parks Department complete this important project.”
Glazer and Bauer-Kahan were behind efforts at the legislative level to expedite construction of the switches, which were originally scheduled to be completed next year. The move came after widespread organizing and advocacy efforts by local residents and cyclists, including a letter to Glazer asking him to take further action following fatal crashes involving cyclists. on the mountain.