Cyclist Attacked on PCH

Via the Agoura Hills Acorn:

Bicyclist attacked

I was one of a group of local cyclists riding north in the bike lane on PCH between Trancas Canyon and Encinal Canyon in Malibu around 2 p.m. Sat., April 12. Suddenly I was hit hard from behind, and as the vehicle drove past, a young shirtless man was hanging half out of the passenger window, yelling back in triumph at having punched a cyclist. He was a white man, and I think with blond-highlighted hair.

The car drove off at speed, and we were unable to get a plate number. It was a white or cream pickup of the modern twin-cab "not-quite-a-pickup" like a Chevy Avalanche or Honda Ridgeline.

Several vehicles were immediately behind the assailant’s truck, and if you were in one of them and you have the plate number, please call the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station at (818) 8781808. There is a report on file.

I was fortunate to maintain control of my bike and not fall under a passing car. An ice pack kept the bruising down. These idiots who do this sort of thing tend to repeat themselves. Please report any similar incidents and try to get a plate number, as this kind of "prank" could be fatal next time.
Michael Margolis
Westlake Village

  • This is pretty messed up. The worst thing that ever happened to me while cycling was being called a ‘fag’ by a passing motorist.

  • that’s assault. i really hope that a-hole gets caught. once a group of kids stuck a huge umbrella out at me… trying to poke me or knock me off my bike. they were still a good 4-5 feet away from me, but it really scared me and pissed me off.

    you just have to believe in karma, and that one day these guys will get what’s coming to them.

  • Eliot

    I biked in Berlin once, and the drivers were so respectful of bikers that they’d make visible room for bikers, usually a good 6 or 7 feet, which really is an unnecessarily exaggerated distance. It’s important not just for us to support bikers as bikers, but to support bikers as automobile drivers as well. I hope those drivers come forward.

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