John Greaves, an avid cyclist and triathlete, was killed while on a training ride that Friday just after 5 p.m. on Camino Tassajara near Dublin. A car driven by a 40-year-old Danville woman struck him from behind and veered out of control, with Greaves trapped beneath the car. The car then struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. Greaves died at the scene.
The driver of the car that killed Greaves, Hong Guo, was treated for injuries and released later that day. To date, according to the East Bay Daze, no citations have been issued. The CHP apparently needs more witnesses to contact them to tell what they saw so that the agency can decide what steps to take next.
Meanwhile, East Bay Bicycle Coalition blogger Robert Raburn blames the horrific collision that killed Greaves to "the lack of traffic improvements by Contra Costa County to accompany sprawling subdivision development."
In a June 29 post on the coalition's website, Raburn published this photo to illustrate the kind of terrain Greaves was trying to negotiate. He also wrote:
"Many of us can recall enjoyable rides on Tassajara when it was a rarely-traveled county road. Now it is 'lost bicyclist habitat,' forsaken to a steady stream of cut-through commuter traffic. The safety risk to bicyclists is especially pronounced where the patchwork of shoulder widening, bike lanes, and bike paths end, leaving a shoulderless pinch-point for about half a mile as one enters Contra Costa County.
"The crash site was at the curve immediately north of the county line. While development encroaches from either county, there have been no substantial safety improvements to the narrow rural road at the fatal crash site where it lacks even a paved shoulder.
"The speed limit at this curve is posted at 30 mph and botts dots warn drivers to slow down. Perhaps some do slow, but my own anxiety while riding through this curve on a weekend is that traffic is traveling much faster. I can only imagine the difficulty of negotiating with impatient commuter traffic that John Greaves encountered on Friday afternoon."