There have been 165 serious automobile accidents in 13 years on this road. Consider also that at least three of those thirteen years, the roadway has been closed to automobiles.
Although this is one of my favorite bicycle routes, I've avoided riding this road after experiencing a handful of close calls with speeding motorcycles and teenage F1 wannabes. There is at least one cyclist who was a victim of a hit and run within the past few years.
Most recently, a teenager died as the car she was riding in plunged over the edge and fell down a steep cliff. This article reexamines the purpose of that roadway and if is should be closed. GMR has no destinations, just windy roads and beautiful mountain views.
My friend discussed this issue with an LA Sheriff and the deputy could give no reasonable answer to keep it open to traffic. He preferred it to remain closed.
What do you think?