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Following Bicyclist's Death, Council Affirms Commitment to Improving PCH

"It was a very, very sad and tragic loss of what seemingly was a wonderful young woman. I send condolences to her family, friends and the whole community she was involved in," Malibu Councilwoman Laura Zahn Rosenthal said.

Malibu City Councilmembers spoke out Monday on the death of a bicyclist who was struck by a bus on Pacific Coast Highway earlier this month.

Marisela Echeverria, a 36-year-old Cypress Park resident known as "Mari," was killed Saturday, Oct. 13 on Pacific Coast Highway near Puerco Canyon Road in Malibu when her bike's mirror clipped a parked car, throwing her into the path of the bus.

She was training for an Ironman Triathlon, which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon.

Echeverria's family has pressed for safety improvements along PCH so that no other bicyclists are killed.

On Monday, Councilman Skylar Peak said he was sad about the death.

"I wish there was a better way to manage that very quickly," Peak said. "We don't really have enough space and it is not going to happen overnight. It's a difficult thing we are going to continue working through."

Mayor Pro Tem Joan House said the death impacted her.

"It was a tragedy and a very sad event. You have to sit back and say this woman embraced life, for every minute she was alive, which was a credit to her," House said.

Councilwoman Laura Zahn Rosenthal expressed her condolences.

"It was a very, very sad and tragic loss of what seemingly was a wonderful young woman. I send condolences to her family, friends and the whole community she was involved in," Rosenthal said.

Rosenthal said she was looking forward to seeing the reuslts of PCH Safety Study, which is underway.

Mayor Lou La Monte asked that Monday's City Council meeting be adjourned in honor of Echeverria.

Eric Bruins of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition praised the council for its work on the PCH Safety Study and other efforts to bring safety to Pacific Coast Highway.

"We are still in need for an inclusive vision for what we need along Pacific Coast Highway," Bruins said. " … People are walking and biking along the highway and they deserve to be safe."

Rosenthal agreed that an overall vision is needed.

"I think Eric’s talk about need vision for PCH is very important and I’m looking forward to looking on that and I’m really looking forward to the results of our PCH Safety Study," Rosenthal said.

Safe Cyclist October 25, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Why do you think PCH has 2 lanes each way? Use the left lane if someone (car or bike) is going slower in the right lane. It’s really not that hard. I do it all the time when driving without any kind of delay. Cars just get dents in a collision. Bikes get dents and break, cyclists get cuts, scrapes, bruises, concussion and even die. Give cyclists some space and us the other lane. Really!!!!!
Bob Perkins DDS October 25, 2012 at 05:58 AM
16th Century French Jesuit, Paleontologist, Philosopher, Pierre Teilharde de Chardin said that... ....one of the tricks of life is to convert everything in life into good. He makes the reference to a stone and you are a sculptor and the stone has a scar in it and now you have to sculpt around that scar and use that scar to make it part of whatever it is you're going to produce that is beautiful. Whatever the circumstance, whatever the scar, Mari's death, or any tragedy or setback, use it for "good". What this reminds us of is the importance of your own life because you can lose it in a flash, my God, you can extinguish life so suddenly, so unexpectedly, the way Mari's life was extinguished, it could happen to me and therefore, I should think harder about the way I spend my life. It is not going to teach you (what) to do with your life, but it will teach to "do" with your life, and to do it more, and better, and quicker.
A.M. October 25, 2012 at 07:58 AM
You are truly the arrogant one. Arrogant. Insensitive. Perhaps even sociopathic or psychotic. We're talking about people's lives here. Wake up and participate in the world around you like an actual human being.
Noel October 25, 2012 at 08:29 AM
AM.. let's not make personal any of this... No need to fuel Cameron's schtick by buying into it. It's important we all have a sense of what we're up against out there and even more important we don't lose our composure. If you buy into the fake internet message board wounded warrior thing... it becomes real. As it stands now, it's a cartoon and it offers us all an opportunity to advocate for a safer PCH. Ultimately we win. I emailed Hellwood via facebook and offerend to buy him a beer and talk rather than continue down this path in this venue. Stay on message and lets focus on City Council making good on the promise to address these issues and all the while do what we can to make locals into conscious drivers and set them up to expect to see us and to drive as if we're supposed to be there too.
Jessica E. Davis October 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Because some of these comments have strayed so far from the actual message of this article, I am turning off the comments. Also, I deleted the comment with profanity per the terms of use: http://malibu.patch.com/terms.

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