|Assigned to:||Unassigned |
|Created:||bhailey at August 23, 2011 - 11:00am |
|Status:||Resolved (Class I (bike/ped path) / Priority injured) |
|Case ID:||: -9087 |
Near Bates/Davis on St. Stephens Trail
I was cycling in the direction from Lafayette to Orinda (eastbound) and was thrown off my bike due to an "invisible "due to the shade") significant bump on the freeway side of the St. Stephens Trail. It resulted in a broken right clavicle and back rib, and some very bad road rash that 10 days later, is still trying to heal. The clavicle will take months to heal, the rib, less time. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, 8/13/11. Noone was with me at the time of the fall, but I was assisted minutes later by fellow Grizzly Peak Cyclists who were riding the same ride I was doing.
That "bump" is truly significant and from what I understand, has caused other fellow club cyclists to fall. I went back to measure it and the entire "bump" stretches about 5 feet into the trail, with the major bump locate near the center of the width of the trail, about 2" or more in height. I'm surprised noone from the city of Orinda has fixed this by now; it was not marked.
The day after the incident, a fellow club cyclist reported the hazard directly to the Director of Public Works in Orinda and requested a fix. I was contacted the following day (Monday, 8/15) by my club contact that the Director arranged to have the location (and others like it) to be coned immediately, and arrange to have those hazards fixed within the week of 8/15 or the following week.
I am hopeful that the City of Orinda fixes these hazards immediately, and others like them along the length of the St. Stephens Trail so that others like me are spared the pain and agony resulting from serious injury or worse. If I'd not been wearing my helmet, I'm not sure I'd be here today.