Some people have been asking what's up the Malibu situation. I admittedly got sidetracked with other issues, my brain is often trying to be in far too many places at the same time. The latest is that an informal meeting was held with Ted Rogers of BikingInLA and the LACBC board, along with safety commissioners Susan Tellem and Chris Frost, LaGrange member and BAC Vice Chair Jay Slater, and a representative from the Sheriff’s Department.
The gist of this meeting from talking to Ted is that it was a pretty productive conversation with no animosity. It was acknowledged that problem drivers are what pose the greatest risk, and an additional sheriff is being brought on to help police PCH. Cyclists would not be given any kind of special targeting, but if they see rules broken that pose a risk, mainly running reds, they will hand out tickets. There was apparently some continued misunderstanding of riding more than one abreast. However after hearing the LAPD interprets 2 abreast riding to be legal (there is no law explicitly forbidding riding more than one abreast), there was openness to talk across departments to ensure consistency in law enforcement across PCH, which is policed by Malibu, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica, depending on which portion you're on.
Cycling will be discussed at this weeks public Malibu Safety Commission meeting for those who want to give input. I'm torn with the other Wednesday meeting, to discuss a bike connection to Michigan in Santa Monica, but I think it would be good if we had a few cyclists representing in Malibu as well.
Malibu City Hall - Council Chambers
23815 Stuart Ranch Road