MALIBU—The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Taskforce held discussions about pedestrian safety yesterday at Zuma Beach on the Malibu Pier. They will be holding further discussions on Sunday, July 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Malibu Surfrider Beach, as well as a Pedestrian Safety Workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Chabad of Malibu.
The highway itself sees numerous pedestrians and cyclists every day. The PCH Taskforce often reminds residents and tourists every year of the safety precautions necessary when traversing the PCH via foot or bike. The safety workshop will occur in the morning so that attendees may provide feedback during the afternoon discussions.
According to a statement provided by the City of Malibu, “participants will learn about pedestrian safety best practices, provide input, and identify strategies to improve pedestrian safety on PCH.”
The statement continues, “Feedback received at the Pedestrian Safety Workshop and the Sidewalk Discussions will be incorporated into a pedestrian safety assessment report and action plan to be presented to the PCH Taskforce in September.”
The PCH Taskforce is co-chaired by Senators Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) and Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), and Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica).
The PCH can be considered dangerous for motorists as well. In February, Caitlyn Jenner was involved in an accident that left one of the victims dead. A PCH car wreck in June also claimed the life of rapper MC Supreme (real name Dwayne Lawrence Coleman).
Numerous pedestrians have been killed on the PCH in 2015. Earlier this year in March, a woman was struck and killed on the PCH in Malibu after celebrating her 21st birthday. This month, a pedestrian was struck and killed in Pacific Palisades where the highway intersects with Sunset Blvd.
Improvements to the highway have seen headway this year. In January, the PCH Taskforce secured a $124,250 state highway grant to improve safety on the notoriously dangerous road. The city of Malibu also gave the green light for a proposal of improvements whose goal is to reduce accidents and fatalities.