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Diablo: Residents clash over public access of short-cut to Mount Diablo

Original post made on Jul 9, 2021

A 25-foot pathway in Diablo has become the site of a legal battle over the public's right to access it, with a collection of local residents pitted against each other and regional bike advocacy groups.

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Posted by Kjgamble
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 9, 2021 at 8:09 am

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Bicyclists are creating traffic hazards and nuisances all over the place. They don’t stay out of the way and are aggressive about it. A thousand pound vehicle should not be forced to yield the right of way to a bicycle. Should be the other way around. Cyclists need to find roads less traveled by the vehicles for which they were built, and more suitable for their hobby.


Posted by Paul Clark
a resident of Danville
on Jul 9, 2021 at 8:43 am

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I find it "interesting" that the Town of Danville would consider "ponying up" $4 million to construct a bike path along Diablo Rd., for non-residents use, while for all of the time we have lived up off of El Pintado Rd., the Town has done NOTHING about maintaining El Pintado. We have been here since 1984. When Steve Lake was the Town's Public Works "Director" ( actually his business card should have called him "The Town Liar") we got tired of his series LIES about what The Town was going to do to remedy the very obvious personal safety problems with the portion of El Pintado from Hillmont Place to El Pinto Rd. That portion of El Pintado is for all intents and purposes, exactly the same as it was when we moved up here, which is to say just like is was when we were part of the County. Lake told so many "stories" about how The Town was going to "fix" that portion of the road, that we finally gave up trying to get The Town to engage in making the sorely needed improvements. I suppose nothing will be done until someone is hit by a car. Then, magically the money "will be found!" One of our long-time friends lives on Richard Lane. He is aghast at the amount of "attention" that that street gets when the Town doesn't do ANYTHING to El Pintado. From what I have been told, the Town's approach to road maintenance is based on "Pavement Management Index." So much to say, they maintain all the streets that have high PMI and let the rest go.


Posted by Nicola Shihab, Public Information Officer, Town of Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jul 9, 2021 at 11:36 am

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Good morning Mr Clark. I just wanted to direct you to page 369 of the Town’s 2021-2022 Annual Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program document and particularly to Project C-402 which includes $500,000 per year for the next three years to overlay (re-pave) El Pintado Loop. Web Link


Posted by Paul Clark
a resident of Danville
on Jul 9, 2021 at 12:27 pm

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Ms. Shihab,

Well, If you actually do spend money on El Pintado, it will be the FIRST TIME in the 38 years we've lived up here that the Town has done anything other than fix places that were impassible with crappy "overlays" that start falling apart right after the trucks leave. If all you are going to do is another "thief in the night" overlay job, save the money! I gave up on Steve Lake! The number of "stories" he told us about what the Town was going to do up here are too numerous to recount, but one "whopper" he told us was a classic: " Some of residents up there want it left alone!"(like a public official should use such an argument where public safety was concerned). He also told us that the Town was collecting money from frontage property owners who were developing their lots and that money would go to fix the road! Each and every time I met with him, he pedaled a new story. It would be a nice idea if the Town were to engage with the people up here, who have long suffered with the complete lack of road maintenance. We are way past forming groups to go the the Town Council, because our efforts aways fell on deaf ears.
Anyway, one hopes that the work will include widening the portion I referenced. And tell the "tree guy" from Concord who shows up "to protect the trees" to stay home. Some of the trees are going to have to be removed if you do anything of lasting value. Maybe you should take the money going to Diablo road for people who probably don't live here, add it to your El Pintado Budget and actually do something lasting. If all you do is a patch job, with no widening, someone will eventually get hit by a car!


Posted by Nicola Shihab, Public Information Officer, Town of Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jul 9, 2021 at 12:42 pm

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Thanks for all your comments Mr Clark, and I am sorry you feel that your concerns weren't heard. I wanted to make you aware of the proposed improvements to El Pintado but I will also pass your comments on. Please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Jul 9, 2021 at 1:55 pm

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Vehicles and cyclists are oil and water. They just don't mix. Cyclists need to find a safer place to ride. And, yes they are way too aggressive. So many of us are no longer able to enjoy Mt. Diablo because the cyclists have taken over, and we don't want to hit and kill them.


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