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Belmont Mountain Biker Injured in Accident on Trail

Good Samaritan's Call Leads to Rescue Friday.

Firefighters loading the injured mountain biker into a Fire Department pick-up for transport out of the Canyon
Firefighters loading the injured mountain biker into a Fire Department pick-up for transport out of the Canyon
The following is a news release from the City of Belmont: 

A 24-year-old Belmont man was rescued Friday afternoon, after he had an accident while riding his mountain bike in the canyon area above Water Dog Lake.

On Friday, May 9, 2014 at approximately 4:10 p.m., Belmont Fire and Police units responded to a report of an injured mountain biker in the canyon in the Water Dog Lake Open Space Park, in the western hills of Belmont.  Emergency personnel were met at the park entrance off Hallmark Dr, by another mountain biker who told them he had been riding on the John Brooks Trail and came across the injured and disorientated victim. After checking the victim, the Good Samaritan then road back up to the park entrance where he called 9-1-1 from his cell phone.

Firefighters used pick-up trucks from the Belmont Fire and Police Departments to reach the victim, who was approximately 3/4 of a mile down the trail. The victim was treated at the scene by Belmont Fire Department paramedics and transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The victim was wearing a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

As we approach the summer months, the Belmont Fire Department would like to remind the public of the following tips while using the trails in Belmont or any open space area:

Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear

  • Mountain bike or hike with a friend.  But if you go alone, be sure to let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  • Make sure you or someone with you has a cell phone.
  • In the event of an accident, if possible, someone in your party or as in this case if you find an injured person, should go to a street, trail-head or other location where they can meet emergency personnel and direct them to the victim.

Mike May 12, 2014 at 08:12 PM
It would also be helpful if people leashed there dogs.I have had a couple close calls from a dog running in front of my bike.
Newell Post May 13, 2014 at 01:37 AM
I see kids biking those trails at night with LED lights. It's probably exciting, but those trails are steep and very rutted in places. I wouldn't want to wipe out in the dark.....
Courtney Carreras May 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Glad the rider is OK, and thanks for the helpful hints. Being a cyclist myself, I also recommend the bracelets with critical contact and health information in case you are in an accident while riding alone.
B May 15, 2014 at 07:03 AM
I'm glad the cyclist is ok. With a few exceptions, the cyclists I've encountered on the trails have been considerate and polite. But...It's unfortunate that speed limits are not posted nor enforced for cyclists on these trails. As a hiker, I've stopped using these trails because I've nearly been hit on more than one occasion .
Anthony Perino May 17, 2014 at 01:40 AM
Most of the dogs I have encountered have been off leash. This is concerning as a cyclist and a person who loves dogs. I have had too many close calls.

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