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Malibu launches website to share concerns about PCH

6a00e552b783fd8834017d3be64169970c-300wiMalibu, in the early stages of exploring how to improve safety on busy Pacific Coast Highway, has launched an interactive website where people may share how they use the highway, identify safety and traffic concerns and propose improvements. 

The site allows users to click on icons to show where they see potential conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists, potentially dangerous turns or problems with speeding. They can also place votes for sidewalks, raised medians, traffic signals or bike facilities.

The city has vowed to incorporate community members' input into the ongoing PCH safety study, which is being conducted by Malibu and the Southern California Assn. of Governments.

"This is an exciting and powerful tool to engage the community in a constructive discussion of the critical public safety issues that affect Malibu's main street," said Malibu Mayor Lou LaMonte. 

For years, residents of Malibu have voiced concerns that drivers treat PCH, the only road through town, as a speedway. Calls for solutions increased in 2010 after the death of 13-year-old Emily Rose Shane, a local eighth-grader who was hit by a car that ran off the road as she walked on the shoulder.

The city is also conducting public meetings on PCH safety. The first is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday at Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road. Three others will follow on consecutive Thursday evenings.

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Photo: Last year, ahead of Memorial Day weekend, PCH in Malibu was jammed with commuters. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

 
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