Known as the “Legend of Mount Diablo” for his 600 rides to the top of the peak
By Lafayette Police Department
On Tuesday morning, April 13, 2021, at 6:48 a.m., Lafayette police officers were dispatched to a report of a collision between a vehicle and a bicycle at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette.
A nurse and a doctor from John Muir Medical Center and a firefighter from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, who happened to pass by, immediately began to render aid to the bicyclist. Officers arrived on scene along with the fire department which took over medical care for the victim. The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died overnight.
An investigation into the collision is ongoing. The driver of the vehicle has been cooperating with police. The Lafayette Police Department is asking anyone with information on this collision to contact detectives at (925) 283-3680 or (925) 299-3234. Tips could also be emailed to the Lafayette Police Department at: 94549TIP@gmail.com.
Lafayette Mayor Susan Candell’s Statement
On April 13, 2021, a collision took place involving a vehicle and a bicyclist, Joe Shami, a Lafayette resident, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette. It was with great sadness that I learned Mr. Shami, although quickly transported to a local hospital, died yesterday (Wednesday, April 14).
While details of the collision are not fully known at this time and the investigation is ongoing, I do want to recognize that Mr. Shami, 86, was much-loved by the local bicycling community. He was an accomplished rider, particularly known for his numerous bike trips to Mt. Diablo.
The City’s thoughts are with Mr. Shami’s family and his many friends.
Any question concerning the investigation of this tragic accident should be directed to the Lafayette Police Department at (925) 283-3680.
About Joe Shami
Shami, a retired AT&T engineer, was known as the “Legend of Mount Diablo” for riding to the top of the East Bay’s tallest peak for 600 straight weeks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He completed his 11-year, 28-week streak in 2019 at the age of 85. Shami was a member of the Mount Diablo Cyclists. See a tribute to him on their website. (See video of his 500th ride up Mt. Diablo)
Allen Payton contributed to this report.