Danville: Commemorative bike ride, memorial set for cyclist killed near Diablo

Participants to take photo near 'ghost bike' memorial site

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.”

Editor's note: Information from Bay City News Service was used in this article.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Danville
on Jul 14, 2019 at 12:16 pm

I will no longer enjoy the beauty of Diablo Park even though I have been a homeowner here for 30 years. I am very, very sorry that this happened but I choose to not enjoy the drive to Mt. Diablo because what I have observed are cars obeying the speed limits but bike riders are not. Flying down roads at 40-55 mph , sailing around autos and generally being reckless is not what should be happening---anywhere. I wrote to Mt. Diablo office who never even responded. That is sad too. I would appreciate that I am also entitled to an opinion and that Mt. Diablo has lost a visitor and revenue from me. Again, very sorry for the loss of this person and for their family but something needs to be done about the riders not obeying laws in and around Danville, Alamo, and San Ramon. Not staying in lanes, flipping off drivers, not obeying lights and ridign in packs. The good riders pay attention and share the roads properly. Many do not.

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Posted by Nick
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 14, 2019 at 4:46 pm

My empathy is for the innocent driver. Cyclists have every right to ride on Mt. Diablo, but exercising your full rights as a cyclist is a very foolish thing to do. I'm a cyclist, but I would never ride on Mt. Diablo. It should be against your better judgment. Every cyclist on the mountain has "close calls" and 1 in 3 rides is a close call, from what I'm hearing. Wise up.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Danville
on Jul 15, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Nick - I have empathy for both the cyclist and the driver, a tragic incident. How did you conclude the driver was innocent or not partially at fault - have you seen an accident investigation report or have a set of independent facts that you can share?

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Posted by Nick
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 16, 2019 at 10:03 am

Resident - No, I haven't seen the accident report. But I'm well aware (according to the rangers I know) that cyclists are usually at fault. Read the 2014 Mt. Diablo Cyclist article. You can google it. It's a pro-cyclist article, but the ranger is quoted that cyclists are ticketed for going over 50MPH in a 20 MPH zone, and bragging about it. I'm also well aware that a lot of cyclists (especially men) are militant about their cycling. Drivers are more likely to follow the speed limit on the mountain. Personally, I feel that any cyclist that rides any mountain (Mt. Diablo is more dangerous than Mt. Tam - I grew up in Marin) is very foolish. There isn't room for bikes and cars on the same road, and the bike will always lose. Anyone who continues to ride on a mountain after a close call (100% of cyclists surveyed admitted to a close call) is not exercising common sense and good judgment. The drivers life will NEVER be the same, and the driver wasn't foolish for being on the mountain. Cyclists are too vunerable on a mountain, and they need to wise up. Sadly, this will continue. I don't drive on Mt. Diablo because I don't want to hit a cyclist. This is very preventable.

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Posted by David
a resident of Danville
23 hours ago

You have no idea what you’re talking about.

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