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Update: Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Ralston Ave. Collision

A pair of separate, but related traffic collisions snarled morning commute traffic on Ralston Avenue Tuesday.

Update: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday

Two women were injured Tuesday morning in two traffic related incidents along Ralston Avenue.

According to Belmont police, the first, a collision between a car and a bicyclist, occurred at approximately 8:25 a.m. on Ralston Avenue near Carlmont Shopping Center.

The bicyclist, a 62-year-old Belmont woman, was riding eastbound on Ralston Avenue when she collided with a Toyota sedan that was turning into the Carlmont Shopping Center, from westbound Ralston Avenue. 

The bicyclist sustained serious, non life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The driver of the Toyota, a 42-year-old Belmont woman, was not injured.

As Belmont Fire Department paramedics were treating the bicyclist, the ambulance that was en route to the scene was involved in a collision on Ralston Avenue at Avon Street.

The ambulance was westbound Ralston, with its lights on and siren sounding, when a Nissan sedan, driven by a 64-year-old Belmont woman, pulled out onto Ralston Avenue from Avon Street, colliding with the ambulance.

As a result of the second collision, another ambulance had to be dispatched to the original incident involving the bicyclist. 

Belmont fire department personnel and a third ambulance were sent to check on the driver of the Nissan, who was examined at the scene and released.  The medics in the ambulance involved in the collision were not injured.

The initial collision, involving the bicyclist, is under investigation by the Belmont Police Department. 

There is no bicycle lane in the area of Ralston Avenue where the collision occurred.  The collision involving the ambulance is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), at the request of the Belmont PD.

The CHP was called in as all the on-duty BPD units were committed to the first collision investigation.

In total, Ralston Avenue between Notre Dame Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas was closed for approximately 90 minutes and was re-opened to all traffic at approx. 10:00am.

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Update: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday

Belmont police have reopened Ralston Avenue to traffic in both directions east of Alameda de las Pulgas at about 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning following two accidents, one involving a bicyclist and a car and the other involving a car and an ambulance on its way to transport the injured bicyclist.

Traffic was halted in both directions from Alameda de las Pulgas to Notre Dame Avenue from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. 

Patch will update this story as information becomes available.

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Tuesday 9:30 a.m.

Ralston Avenue was shut down this morning after a car hit a female bicyclist near Carlmont Shopping around 8:30 a.m. Both westbound and eastbound Ralston from Notre Dame Avenue to Alameda de Las Pulgas are now open.

The female’s condition is unknown, but the accident did not appear to be life threatening, according to Belmont Police Lt. Pat Halleran. Police do not know if the woman was riding in the bike lane or not. 

While the police and injured woman were waiting for an ambulance to arrive, a woman in a blue car turning east onto Ralston Avenue from Avon pulled in front of the ambulance. The ambulance hit the woman’s car and she suffered a laceration.

CHP was called in to scene to help out with the second accident while Belmont Police were investigating the first. 

Police cars and emergency vehicles are still on the scene.

Check back here for more updates from Patch. 

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Gladwyn d'Souza October 31, 2012 at 04:40 AM
A smaller car causes less damage in collision with another car; and a hybrid or electric puts out less air pollutants. However recycled road dust which is 40% of PM10, tire dust, brake liners and collisions with bikes and peds are still major problems for asthma, lund cancer etc.and sedentary issues related to heart diseaase and diabeties are the same. The largest problem is the ability to access distant land uses which is worsened by the better gas mileage. Driving and the Belmont's restriction of safe choices are the problems.
Patches October 31, 2012 at 04:49 AM
I get the joke. All three should not be on the road.
San Juan October 31, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Ralston has become a huge cluster puck. Combine that with high school kids driving, bicycles and those walking from caltrain. 8:25 sounds like around the time frantic parents are done dropping off kids at school and racing off to work. What a mess Belmont has become during commute hours.
Mike Swire October 31, 2012 at 03:45 PM
This is very tragic. I hope that the cyclist is able to make a full recovery. What is happening with the Ralston corridor study? Why is there no bicycle lane (or sharrows) in the area where the cyclist was seriously injured? How many people need to get seriously injured before the City does something?
Patrick Herlihy October 31, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I ride up and down Ralston quite frequently and am always on high alert around the Carlmont Shopping Center entrance. It's a very dangerous part of the road - I hope the city will consider a clearly marked bike lane and possibly removing some of the street parking. The whole of Ralston is difficult on a bike - up above Cipriani, I often get buzzed by motorists trying to race others off from the Cipriani light pressing me into the poor pavement at the curb. Ralston is a major corridor for both car and bicycle traffic with no good alternative nearby; the city should study options that will make it safer for both.

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