Bicyclist Injured In Pacific Coast Highway Crash In Malibu

A bicyclist was injured in a crash involving a vehicle Tuesday in Malibu.

The crash was reported at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday on PCH near Big Rock, according to the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff Station.

The bicyclist hit a car door as the rider was passing by on PCH, the Sheriff's department reported.
Larry Abbott August 06, 2013 at 05:47 PM
This is shocking. PCH seems like such a safe place to ride a bicycle.
Ralo Sanchez August 07, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Probably another guy who loves to wear tight shorts and refuses to share the road. Hope he is OK but those morons need to understand the laws of Physics!
Scooter August 07, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Chris Frost August 07, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Ralo...Sounds like the cyclist was sharing the road and riding on the right hand side, as that is generally where a car door would impinge on a rider. Opening a door into the traffic side is a vehicle code violation. It is the drivers responsibility to look before he swings a door open into traffic. "Sharing the road" is a term used for the car and their ability to give room to the rider. It can be done safely if there is a little regard given for others. I agree that all riders are not exactly courteous, but they are not all morons either. You use the term "moron"pretty loosely. Regards
Noel August 07, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Generally speaking, 'getting doored" is what happens when one rides too far to the right. Bicycles are welcome to use as much of the lane is is 'practicable' or safe. So, when you see a cyclist in the right lane and you're in a car.. instead of feeling insulted that you have to slow down and move over... do so knowing the cyclist is riding safely and legally. Your PCH is also a designated bike route. When folks ride to the right of the fog line it doesn't mean that they're not also legally entitled and oftentimes making a safer choice to take the lane.
Chris Frost August 07, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Noel got it right...nicely said
Larry Abbott August 07, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Scooter - I was joking, but that has no bearing on my sanity. Both things could be true ;-) I appreciate the fact that you too find the idea of riding a bicycle on PCH to be either a joke or an exercise in insanity. Even if cyclist and car drivers were to obey all the laws and practice the utmost courtesy and consideration toward one another, riding a bicycle in Malibu on PCH would be an inherently dangerous activity. When you factor in the inevitable distracted drivers (texting), and cyclists with delusions of immortality (hand motions wont alter the course of a semi truck doing 60), designating PCH in Malibu as a bike route was just a bad call.
Marshall Thompson August 07, 2013 at 02:32 PM
"Opening a door into the traffic side is a vehicle code violation." Interesting law, Chris. How are drivers supposed to exit the car? Through the passenger side? PCH safety is everybody's responsibility; no one desires anyone to get hurt but accidents will happen. This one sounds painful..
Chris Frost August 07, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Marshall...I should have worded it better, but I basically said that if you open your car door on the traffic side it is your responsibility to make sure it is safe. If you take someone out or a car takes your door off, it is your fault and there is a vehicle code section to cover it. Marshall, how many times do we see car doors left open along Zuma or Corral for extended lengths of time while the occupants are busy doing other things. Oh well, as a famous person once said...you cant legislate smarts. V C Section 22517 Opening and Closing Doors Opening and Closing Doors 22517. No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open upon the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers. Amended Ch. 162, Stats. 1963. Effective September 20, 1963.
Marshall Thompson August 07, 2013 at 03:04 PM
As a famous person once said "the devil is in the details." :-)
Scooter August 07, 2013 at 06:11 PM
the bike riders are only part of the danger and car doors opening......I find that "most" motorcycles are a very dangerous "hazard" the way they weave in and out down the sides and between the cars at high rates of speed and In excess of the speed the cars are going!!
Scooter August 07, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I agree Larry !
Susan Tellem August 08, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I'd say 50 percent of cyclists are doing the right thing and the other 50 percent should get tickets for breaking the law. The only two cyclists I saw yesterday were both breaking the law. The first blew through both red lights at Dukes going north trying to stay ahead of the traffic. I though about calling him names when I caught up but he'd just give me a one finger salute like they do. The second, sans helmet was riding north down the hill towards Zuma beach and was in the right lane using the whole lane and looking over his shoulder hoping to make it across both lanes through traffic to the left turn lane at Westward. Complete fool. Our public safety commission workshop has had no effect on the 50 percenters.
Marshall Thompson August 08, 2013 at 02:04 PM
I have yet to see a cyclist on PCH stop for the southbound red light at PCH and Busch. They just breeze right on through.
DP August 09, 2013 at 12:36 AM
How about the skateboarders on PCH. I am seeing more and more. Very dangerous.
Barrie Livingstone August 13, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Bottom line. If a cyclist is in the wrong place at the wrong time they are going to get squashed like an animal, road kill. We are all to blame for not insisting that this horrific and dangerous activity is not plain banned. I live in fear of god forbid going over someone that waltzes into the traffic at the wrong time. Bicyclists feel they have a right to be on pch. and out 2 way narrow canyons and they are sadly wrong. they only have the right to some very dire consequences. I was about to enter the tunnel on Saturday in Malibu Canyon and almost hit the cyclists trying to squeeze by. This is pure madness and is a reminder of how our culture is so passive and calm about the road carnage that happens weekly and monthly. Remember how the Romans fed people to lions and tigers and watched them get eaten alive. well guess what people in Malibu allow their fellow humans to ride on bikes on our roads knowing full well that on average one person per month will be and is continuing to be slain. when you but it like that its the truth and its absolutely shocking and embarrassing to us all that its just become routine reporting for poor Jessica Davis at the patch.
Chris Frost August 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Barrie, respectfully, they do have the right to ride on PCH and in the canyons. They do not have the right to break traffic laws along the way. It is the responsibility of the drivers, as well as everyone using these roads, whether it be pedestrians, skateboarders, cyclists etc. to do so carefully and with "due regard" for others. If that means slowing down and being alert, or changing lanes if necessary, than so be it. And it goes without saying that ALL OF THE ABOVE, MUST adhere to the traffic laws. Maybe the fact that others besides cars are out there is a wake up call for all of us to make the highway and canyons a safer experience. Of course, you don't want to hit someone out on the road. No one does. Staying alert and giving everyone out there due consideration, will reduce the odds of that happening tremendously.
Barrie Livingstone August 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Great comments Chris but the truth is that odds are not for safe bicycle riding on PCH. It is just not possible or imaginable for cars, truck, buses, pedestrians, motorcycles, parked cars, delivery trucks and bikes to occupy a road where traffic routinely is driving at speeds above 55mph. It is possible however for the city to ask the state for funding to have a proper traffics logistics company to do a survey of our roads and provide what they see as helpful solutions to stop the wanton loss of life that is happening daily and weekly here in Malibu. while we are all respectfully professionals at some line of work or another I don't know if there are any among us that are solely traffic pattern analysts. Once we have a proper report the city and state can implement the changes. I am sitting in my office right now on pch and La costa and most days we hear sirens. sometimes 2-3 times a day. This is pandemic and more important that any other issues as at any moment it is taking somebody's loved one. Let me see...a bicyclist being squashed to death by a truck or allowing national retailers to do business in Malibu....Do we need to really think on that one?
Chris Frost August 13, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Barrie, you hit the key with the 55 MPH comment. They are routinely driving in excess of this. Which makes their reaction time that much more critical. Add distracted driving to that and you have a recipe that invites accidents. There is a PCH safety study going on presently. Their focus is on all of the elements necessary to raising the safety bar on PCH. Malibu will host two public meetings this month as part of the city’s Pacific Coast Highway Safety Study.The meetings are set for Aug. 20 and Aug. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Malibu City Hall.The meetings will focus on a review of the draft Alternatives Analysis Report, next steps and a project schedule. Google it to learn more about this, as it was funded last year(I believe) and has held quite a few meetings while working up to this point. I am on the same page with you regarding safety, but in my opinion it needs to include all of the elements of use on PCH. Maybe that means slowing it all down and clamping down on distracted driving. Regards
Scooter August 15, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Bicyclists create havoc and very dangerous situations for the auto drivers that have to avoid hitting THEM. END OF STORY.


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