A group of Tri-Valley bicyclists are set to gather for a commemorative bike ride in Danville on Thursday, to honor the life of 46-year-old Novato resident Maayan Jones, who was killed in a crash while riding his bike on Mount Diablo Scenic Boulevard near Diablo on June 26.
Led by the recreational group Mount Diablo Cyclists, residents are invited to bring their bicycles to The Athenian School parking lot, 2100 Mt Diablo Scenic Blvd., at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, to meet up with fellow cyclists and remember Jones’ life.
Once at the school, participants will ride a short distance toward Mount Diablo where a memorial “ghost bike” has been set up on the side of the road for a group photo.
"Our cycling community mourns the tragic death of Maayan Jones, husband and father of three sons,” Mount Diablo Cyclists officials wrote in a statement. “Please join us on Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. for a group photograph to show our support for his family.”
Jones was killed on the evening of June 26, after he collided head-on with an SUV while riding his bike in the Diablo area of unincorporated Contra Costa County. Authorities say that he was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash, and the driver involved in the collision remained behind to cooperate with police.
According to his family obituary, Jones was a father of three, who was born in Israel and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 1, growing up in Stockton.
He worked as a finance analyst in the insurance industry, was an avid outdoors-man and enjoyed coaching kids' soccer and baseball.
“He was doing one of the things he enjoyed most -- riding his bike on the mountain,” his family obituary read. “Maayan is survived by his three beloved boys: Sasha, Jordan and Ben; his wife Valentina; his parents Kenneth and Devorah; his brother Shaki of Stockton; his cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many friends.”