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Malibu Wants to Become a Bicycle-Friendly Community — What Could This Mean for PCH?

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Malibu already attracts bicyclists from afar hoping to take in some gorgeous seascapes on their rides. But now the city wants to make it official and become a "Bicycle Friendly Community."

Tonight the nonprofit League of American Bicyclists is giving a presentation to the public safety commission about how the city could earn that title, according to Malibu Patch.

The biggest question could be whether the city will do anything to make the alluring but deadly Pacific Coast Highway safer for bicyclists sharing the scenic highway with motorists. Bike activists have been detailing the flaws that they say make the highway deadly and they have won some concessions.

Bike advocates have even won an ally on the public safety commission. A year ago the city's public safety commissioner Susan Tellem wrote a letter to the Malibu Times and started a Facebook group advocating that bicyclists be ticketed for reckless behavior as a way to improve bike safety in Malibu. Bikers were angry with what they said was a wrongheaded approach, but she met with them and finally "threw up a white flag." She and the public safety commission have been working together to educate both drivers and bicyclists about bike safety.