Q & A with Julian Katz, SBBC Board Member

We sat down with Julian Katz, SBBC Board Member and dubbed as the “cycling king of Hermosa Beach”  for a Q & A on his thoughts on safe cycling.

Julian Katz

Q: What are some fundamentals about bike safety that every cyclist should know?

A: Bike safety fundamentals include wearing a helmet, checking your bike before riding, riding to the right or in bikeways if available, being respectful of drivers and other cyclists and pedestrians.  We’ll have to get you a copy of our “Share the Road” pamphlet.

Q: What motivates your passion for cycling and why was it important for you to be involved in the cycling community?

A: I’ve been dedicated to giving back to the community in the form of getting bikeways put on the streets so that others can enjoy cycling as I have.  That’s true for all of us in the SBBC.

Q: If there’s one thing you could encourage other cyclists to do, what would it be?

A: Get involved. As my answer to the previous question, participate in bicycle education programs, advocate, advocate and of course ride safely and courteously.

Q: Can you tell us about your most memorable cycling experience?

A: I had not made long bike rides (over 25 miles) for most of these years but a few years ago I joined Jim Hannon and a group from the Beach Cities Cycle Club on a 54 mile ride to Long Beach and return.  I was pleased and I admit surprised that I was able to pull that off.  Lots of encouragement along the way.

Would you like to help? By donating, you can help raise funds to promote safe cycling. Get involved.  Join our movement for safe cycling in the South Bay.

 

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Attention City Officials – Adding Bike Lanes REDUCES traffic delays

According to New York City’s Department of Transportation.

From the article:  “Smart street design can eliminate many of the traffic problems anticipated by alternative mode elements like bike lanes. A new report on protected bike lanes released by the New York City Department of Transportation offers a great example of how rider safety can be increased even while car speed is maintained.”

http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2014/09/when-adding-bike-lanes-actually-reduces-traffic-delays/379623/

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Free Bike Safety Education Class for Kids – March 14th!

Join us from 9am – 2pm on March 14th at Summer Camp Expo at Manhattan Beach Middle School for a free kids bike safety class taught by accredited instructors!  SBBC Safety Course2Food Trucks will be there as well!  Don’t forget to bring your bike and helmet.  See more details here  Bike Flyer

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2014 – A year in review of progress

As we start 2015, thought we share a few highlights from last year that were definitely an improvement from the prior year!

Please remember we are a 100% volunteer local organization that would be happy to hear your thoughts and suggestions as well as any time you may have to volunteer!!

  • Redondo Beach – Perhaps the largest Bicycle infrastructure project ever in the South Bay as the Harbor and Herondo Gateway Project will not only create new bike lanes, but significantly improve the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike.
  • Manhattan Beach places Sharrows along Manhattan Avenue as well as East Bound along Rosecrans
  • El Segundo approves Sharrows for West Bound Rosecrans
  • Free Bike Education Classes by the SBBC and the BCCC had over 200 adult and child graduates
  • Free Bike Parking as over 10,000 bikes parked for free at multiple  Beach City events
  • Free Bike Safety Pamphlets provided to schools, police, bike shops, etc.
  • Recognition of eight bike friendly businesses in the South Bay
  • Multiple Multiple bike commute/alternative commuting fairs exhibited this year at local employers such as Northrup Grumman and Aerospace Corp

 

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The 5 best beach destinations on a bicycle

 

Photo courtesy of Dominik Gwarek

Photo courtesy of Dominik Gwarek

Wind blowing. Sun Streaming. Cyclists are the happiest beings on the road, next to dogs hanging their heads out of a moving car window.  Add the sound of the salty seashore waves with a rest stop to refuel and it’s heaven on earth for the Southern Californian cyclist.

Here are the top 5 beach destinations on a bicycle.

    1. Balboa Island — try the frozen banana on a stick, dipped in chocolate and a variety of toppings.  Then stroll onto the ferry.  Bicycle and Adult fee is only $1.25.

 

    1. Point Vicente Interpretive Center – lots to see in this cliff side park setting.  Take in the panoramic ocean vista of Catalina Island and the lighthouse to the left.  Depending on the season, get a glimpse of the Pacific gray whale migration while pelicans and paragliders soar overhead.  Explore the museum and stroll along the hiking trails.

 

    1. Fiesta Hermosa – it’s a party and everyone’s invited.  The Hermosa Beach Labor Day and Memorial Day is the “largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California.” Plenty of free parking for bicycles. Replenish with ice cold lemonade, fish tacos, live music, Elvis sightings, and more.

 

    1. Venice Boardwalk – relax while brunching at the Sidewalk Café.  Eat, drink, get a tattoo, and be merry.  It’s front row seats to a circus on the beach. Or browse through the Small World Book store next door, then greet Conan the Librarian, the resident cat.

 

  1. Malibu – plenty of celebrity sightings here. Cycle along the white sand’s edge of Zuma beach.  And just an hour south on Cross Creek is the Malibu Country Mart.  Try the Malibu Kitchen and picnic amidst the gardens, fountains, and sculptures.

No wonder why dogs are so happy! Lets keep cyclist the happiest on the road. Come join us at the SBBC Bike Night on February 28th, 2014 for food, drinks and fun! For more information go to our events page at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-bay-bike-night-a-kick-ass-party-that-celebrates-bicycling-tickets-14364694187

Wanna know how you can become a sponsor at the SBBC Bike Night? Click here to check out our check out our sponsorship information package.

 

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Bicycle Fund Raiser 2015

We are so excited to have our inaugural fund raiser!

  • Shade Hotel
  • Feb 28, 2015

It’s gonna be a night of fun cyclists getting together for a good cause! To promote safer cycling in our South Bay. Please sign up below and let us know how you are interested in participating.

 

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