Guts ‘n Gore Alley: Malibu & PCH

August 25, 2013 § 20 Comments

The City of Malibu has posted an online survey at You can take the survey to let the city know what you think are the most important issues regarding safety improvements to PCH.

Or, you know, you could just do something else.

Let me give you 10 reasons to take a few minutes out of your busy life and complete the survey.

  1. Marisela Echevarria, 36, lost control of her bike on PCH as vehicles passed by, and struck her handlebars on a parked vehicle, causing her to veer into the side of the bus. She was then dragged under the bus and killed when the bus crushed her with its rear wheels. Date of death: 10/13/2012.
  2. Luis Adolfo Olmedo, 53, was struck and killed by a cager on PCH between Encinal Canyon Road and Mullholland Highway. Olmedo had just finished fishing near El Pescador State Beach and was crossing PCH from the shoreline side. Date of death: 2/26/2013.
  3. Sarah Salam, 21, was struck and killed by a cager driving a limo as she attempted to cross PCH after leaving Moonshadows restaurant.
    A burned out streetlight, located steps away from the collision, and other preventable maintenance considerations likely played a role in her death. Date of death: 4/20/2013.
  4. Rodrigo Armas, 45, was struck and killed on PCH by a drunken cager who worked for the City of Malibu. He was participating in an annual organized ride. The cager fled the scene of the accident. Date of death: 7/5/2009.
  5. Christian Armas, 14, was struck by the same drunken cager who killed his father, and sustained injuries to his leg and multiple bone fractures.
    The pair were equipped with regulation lighting for night cycling. Date of injury: 7/5/2009.
  6. Amelia Ordona, 74, was crossing PCH in the early morning to catch a bus on the way home from her job as a caretaker, when she was struck by a hit-and-run cager, then run over by multiple other cars. Most of the cagers who ran over the corpse didn’t bother to stop. Date of death: 3/18/2010.
  7. Emily Shane, 14, was run over on PCH by a distracted cager while she was walking along the side of the road in order to meet a family member at Point Dume Village shopping center. Date of death: April 3, 2010.
  8. Erin Galligan, 29, was was hit from behind while cycling on PCH and dragged to death by a hit-and-run cager in a pickup. Her body was thrown so far from the point of impact that police had to search for her body. Date of death: July 10, 2012.
  9. Numerous other fatalities including two Pepperdine Law School students who were killed in a head-on car-to-car collision with a drunk cager; a tow truck driver killed by another hit-and-run cager while he working on a vehicle, and myriad cyclists and pedestrians who have been seriously injured by cagers in the last ten years on PCH.
  10. You, aged 40-something, were riding down PCH on Sunday morning when a cager drove by so close that you were almost knocked off your bike by his mirror. There was only a narrow three-foot space on the edge of the road, covered with rocks, debris, glass, and cracked pavement, onto which you could veer for safety. You were almost killed, and it ruined your ride.

Although many Malibu residents come across as hateful, vengeful, stingy, selfish, and filled with venom towards bicycle riders, they are a small minority. Most Malibians are just like rich entitled cagers everywhere: They don’t like it when shit gets in their way and slows down their car, whether it’s a slow-moving truck, a traffic jam, a bicycle, or, you know, a corpse in the middle of the highway.

The city recognizes that PCH is a death trap and that they have traffic fatality and injury rates commensurate with a city many, many times larger. This survey is part of a planning process that may — may — eventually ameliorate the toxic combination of crazy-fast speeders and crazy-slow bicycle riders. Rather than gutting up for the next memorial ride to commemorate the life of another bicycle rider killed by a cager in Malibu, please take a few minutes to complete this survey.


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§ 20 Responses to Guts ‘n Gore Alley: Malibu & PCH

  • Hammernut says:


  • New Girl says:

    Done & thank you.

  • channel_zero says:

    That road has killed cyclists since the 1980’s for sure. You might be surprised to discover quite a few residents share the same interests as cyclists regarding PCH.

    California’s Department of Transportation is a big enabler of the cagers at the expense of the neighbors, cyclists.

    My recollection of my brief work on the issue 15+ years ago with a PCH resident, if the stretch of road is reclassified to some category of road, not highway (I think) all sorts of good things happen for everyone. Residents get the lower speeds, cyclists get more access. (eventually.) The bad news is the expense of maintenence gets reallocated somehow.

    Maybe the details have changed since Malibu incorporated?

    • fsethd says:

      I don’t know, but you’re right about LOTS of Malibians’ interests coinciding with ours. The vocal hater cagers get a big voice in the dance, though. We just need to be equally vocal.

  • Deb says:

    Completed the survey and hope to ride there someday. So far, it’s not on my list of places to ride due to the safety concerns. But maybe someday! Thanks for the post.

  • Robert C says:

    Just did the survey, with comments and apparently it looks like Bicycle accomodations and Maintaining the shoulder are the top two priorities. Thanks for raising the awareness, hopefully the City of Malibu with have some suggestions to help us out and reduce fatalities.

    Thanks Seth, what you do Matters!

  • ooga-booga says:


  • Rodley says:

    Thanks Seth. Survey completed.

  • Rob says:

    You got it.

    That’s a great reminder of how dangerous PCH really is. Whether you’re riding or driving, heads up folks.

  • x says:

    My sister was mentioned on this list, I’m relieved some action is finally being taken. Thank you.

  • jim says:

    Making bicycle riding safer will result in increased bicycle traffic. More bicycles equals less cars. Less cars makes bicycle riding safer. Hence a positive self reinforcing feedback loop.

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