Pacific Coast Highway Safety Study

Project Overview

The City, in collaboration with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), conducted a safety study to examine current road conditions, determine accident patterns, assess traffic conflicts, and develop strategies to improve safety on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu. The study concluded with recommendations for measures to improve safety along the PCH corridor for motorists, cyclists, transit riders, and pedestrians.

PCH Safety Study

The recommendations were reviewed by the PCH Safety Study Project Steering Committee and presented to the Public Works and Public Safety Commissions before going to the City Council.

The PCH Safety Study was primarily funded by a Caltrans Partnership Planning Grant, with a contribution from the City.

Final Report

 The PCH Safety Study Final Report was approved by the City Council at its Regular meeting on June 22, 2015:

Community Input & Public Review

 Public input played a vital role in identifying and prioritizing the recommended solutions. A total of nine public meetings were held over the course of the study. On February 19, 2015 a public meeting was held, at which City staff, SCAG, and the consultant team provided an update and presentation on the progress of the Safety Study, findings, next steps, and the process of developing recommendations to improve safety on PCH in Malibu. Members of the community in attendance had the opportunity to share ideas and concerns, and ask questions of the project team. Public input gathered during the meeting and subsequent comments submitted were incorporated into the Draft Alternatives Analysis Report, which was presented to the Project Steering Committee in April 2015, and the Public Works Commission and Public Safety Commission at a Joint Special Meeting on May 21, 2015, before going to the City Council for final review and approval on June 22, 2015.

Project Steering Committee

The Project Steering Committee was formed at the onset of the project to guide the process and ensure that the projects and priorities ultimately developed, properly reflect highway safety needs and community concerns. The Project Steering Committee met over the course of the study and included the following key stakeholders:

The Project Steering Committee included representatives from the City of Malibu; the offices of Senator Fran Pavley, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl; Caltrans; California Highway Patrol; SCAG; Metro; County of Los Angeles Public Works Department, Sheriff’s Department, Department of Beaches and Harbors, and Fire Department; City of Malibu Public Works Commission and Public Safety Commission; Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District; Pepperdine University, A Safer PCH; Los Angeles County Bike Coalition; the Malibu Chamber of Commerce and residents.