Join us for our Bike the Beach fundraiser event on March 24!

Hello Everyone!! Bike the Beach is Right around the corner and we want to invite all of you to attend our event! Our bike the beach event will take place on March 24th in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. This will be an afternoon ride where the whole community is invited to attend. Our event check-in will take place at Marina Bike Rentals. Feel free to bring your own bike! However, if you do not have one you can always check one out with our friends at Marina Bike Rentals. Afterwards we will ride to Manhattan Beach where we will have a meditation stop to relax and breathe on the warm sunny beach. We’ll continue the ride into Redondo Beach where we’ll all get a chance to enjoy the sunset, live music, and get together with friends at Blue Water Grill. This event only happens once a year so make sure you don’t miss out and get your ticket asap. We look forward to riding with you all!!

Get you early bird tickets before they’re all gone by February 28

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Honoring our Bicycle Hero Julian Katz

Earlier this week the City Council of Hermosa Beach passed a resolution to dedicate the shared roadway “sharrow lane” from Herondo Street to 24th street as the “Julian Katz Bike Route” We thank everyone who came out to express their joy and kind words. Additionally, Rabbi Gila Katz, Julian’s wife, was in attendance to accept certificates from the offices of Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi.

For those who didn’t know Julian, Julian was a true gentleman with great passion for getting people out of their vehicles and onto the road with their bicycles. Julian had ridden his bike around the South Bay for more than 25 years. He pushed for a healthier and safer South Bay. He was a kind soul who could disagree with you without being disagreeable. At yesterday’s City Council meeting we were able to witness the impact that Julian has left on us and our South Bay community. Julians civic duty carries on with all of us here at the South Bay Bicycle Coalition and is a continuous source of inspiration. Those who were close to him expressed their gratitude and heart warming words. It was wonderful to not only see the folks who knew Julian attend the meeting in his honor but to also see all the folks who support us as an organization. As a coalition we continue to aspire to make the South Bay a safer and more enjoyable space for cyclist and to grow and expand on Julians vision, but as individuals we carry Julians work and commitment in our hearts. Thank you everyone once again for making this possible.

 

Hermosa Beach City Council resolution dedicating shared roadway “sharrow” in the number 2 lane on both sides of Hermosa Ave from Herondo to 24th as the Julian Katz Bike Route

Posted by South Bay Bicycle Coalition on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

 

 

“I will look forward to seeing those signs as I make my way around town and say I knew that person”

“I cannot thank you enough for honoring and recognizing Julian Katz”

“He’s in all of us and I attribute that to him”

 

You can make a contribution in Julian’s Honor 

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How to check bike helmet fitting

  1. First, place the helmet on your head making sure it is level.
  2. If there is a dial in the rear, adjust it so that the helmet is secure and stays on without buckling the chin strap.
  3. Next, buckle the chin strap so that it is not too tight nor too loose.
  4. Make sure the side straps are in the right position by making two “V” shapes with your pointer and middle fingers and place them around your ears. Your fingers should be touching the side straps on either side of your ear. Adjust the side straps so that the bottom of the “V” is just under your ears.
  5. Last, make sure the helmet is in the right position. There should be a two fingers length of space between the helmet and your eyebrows. Use this method to check positioning on the rest of the face as well.

Check out the full video below for a demonstration of the steps!

 

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Top Bike Safety Tips

We have compiled a list of the top bike safety tips!

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South Bay Bike Coalition Community Manager

We are looking for eager and passionate professional to join our organization as a part-time community manager.

The South Bay Bicycle Coalition is a California registered non-profit that was founded in late 2009 by a handful of bike-loving bicycle advocates.  We are determined to bring the wide range of local riders together to help create a safer, more accessible, more easily interconnected region in which to ride.

OUR VISION

The South Bay Bicycle Coalition strives to improve the region’s transportation culture by prioritizing a comprehensive  bikeway network for increased cycling access; safe and secure streets for ALL. Please take a look at the Bike Master Plan that was created to connect 7 cities in the South Bay: El Segundo, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance.

WHAT WE DO

The South Bay Bicycle Coalition is the leading bike advocacy group in the South Bay.  We focus upon projects centered around improving bike infrastructure, bike policy and increasing cycling safety and convenience. To further support this plan, we focus and invest in bike education for riders in all ages. We are run the only Torrance Traffic Court approved Diversion Program. We also invest time and effort in youth bike education programs.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The South Bay Bicycle Coalition Community Manager is the face of a company, managing communications in both directions. This digital-savvy employee is responsible for all communications, PR, social media, events, and content creation, among other things. It’s a Web 2.0 communications role, incorporating online tools and in-person networking to create relationships and ultimately build the company’s brand, both online and off.

This is a part-time position that will pay hourly. The time requirement will be 15-20 hours per month. The role and  responsibilities include:

  1. Content creation – writing blog posts, articles, newsletters, communications materials, and material for social media channels
  2. Social media marketing – creating, managing and growing the company’s presence through blogs, Facebook, and other strategically relevant online properties
  3. Events and event planning – attending and managing bike related events in the cities (often outside of 9-5 hours) and planning meetups for the community
  4. Public relations – managing incoming media requests and building relationships with industry journalists; creating, executing and measuring media campaigns
  5. Customer relations – the Community Manager is responsible for customer support – answering questions however they come in (phone, e-mail, facebook, P.O. Box)
  6. Diversion Program Support – scheduling classes, rooms and managing attendance for court approved bike safety classes

SKILLS WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • Outgoing personality
  • Writing skills – a background in journalism or experience with writing is a plus
  • Social media experience – experience with social media tools is a must. Looking for someone who can navigate WordPress and understand different social media channels
  • Interest in the cycling community
  • Willingness to work around the clock – this is not a 9-5 job. We will compensate hourly.
  • Multi-tasking skills
  • PR experience a plus
  • Culture Fit
  • Chutzpah

Interested parties should reply with the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Answer the challenge below in the best way you can:
    1. Take a look at our South Bay Bike Coalition Website, how can we improve?
    2. Take a look at the current South Bay Bicycle Coalition Facebook Page, what do you recommend we do to improve our engagement?

ADD yourself to the South Bay Bicycle Coalition Facebook Group, what do you recommend we do to improve our engagement.

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We Asked Beach Cities Health District Candidates For Their Stand On Cycling Initiatives

Importance of BCHD Race:

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is among the largest preventive health agencies in the nation, and has served the communities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach since 1955. They offer an extensive range of dynamic health and wellness programs, with innovative services and facilities to promote health and prevent diseases in every lifespan. They have access to a lot of resources and funding and have a big impact on the future of safe cycling in our beach cities. This November 6, there are 5 candidates running for 3 positions on the board. We asked all the candidates about their stand on bike related issues and below is their reply.

The Candidates:

Andrea Giancoli

A Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health from UCLA, Andrea N. Giancoli is an expert in health and nutrition, and she continues a long history of advocacy in promoting public health. Formerly a National Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Andrea contributes her nutrition expertise through media outlets across the country. She has appeared on NBC The Today Show, Access Hollywood Live!, The Doctors, E! Entertainment, Top Chef, Discovery Health, KNBC, KABC, KTLA, KTTV, Money 101, ABC radio, CBS radio, NPR etc.
She has also contributed countless health and nutrition articles for several publications including Food & Nutrition, Chicago Tribune, Environmental Nutrition, Healthline.com, EatRight.org and Today’s Dietitian.

David Mintz

Seasoned HealthCare executive with an extensive background in operations, administration, financial management and analysis, budgeting and organizational management.  Specific hands on management of pre-hospital care, hospital based physician management and clinic based physician practices.

 

 

 

Vish Chatterji

I currently serve as a Board Member of the Beach Cities Health District. I am a married father of three children who attend our local public schools. My mother, who suffers from dementia, also lives in the Beach Cities. I have been volunteering for eight years at the Beach Cities Health District and was honored to be unanimously chosen to join the Board last year. I have an MBA and have created and run multi-million dollar businesses in the technology sector. I am now paying it forward by helping others have a healthier and more balanced life through my coaching work where I teach meditation, yoga, mind-body medicine and nutrition.

Noel Chun

I am a physician and homeowner in Manhattan Beach.
I regularly teach and supervise Residents and Fellows in Anesthesiology at UCLA School of Medicine and have for 25 years. With broad experience in both academic and private practice medicine, I am familiar with the issues in providing healthcare and services to our community. Having run my own practice, I know what it takes to run a sound and successful financial enterprise.
I have served on the board of the BCHD for 12 years and have been instrumental in advancing many of it’s initiatives during that time including:
– Supervising and ultimately replacing the CEO
– Providing management and financial guidance to staff
– Providing guidance and implementing medical direction and supervision of District activities
– Adopting and implementing the Blue Zones Project
– Developing a redevelopment plan for the 514 campus
– Promoting the District as a Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness
– Developing the District as a Center for Research into Health and Wellness

Michelle Bholat

No information provided

Questions:

1. Do you support the implementation of the complete bike masterplan in the beach cities?

Andrea: Wholeheartedly!

David: I would fully support the concept of a bike master plan which would involve the Beach Cities. I phrase it in these terms as I feel a masterplan needs to involve more cities then the three in the Beach Cities Health District catchment area. The 2011 master plan included a wider group of cities and I would support a plan for the entire geographic area.

Vish: YES!! I will be attending the living streets design meeting on Monday to help facilitate a more healthy, clean way of getting around our cities.

Noel: I support the Bicycle Masterplan for the Beach Cities and the Regional Bicycle Masterplan.

2. What do you believe is the right timeframe for the implementation of the masterplan?

Andrea: NOW!

David: Simply because there are multiple cities and the county involved I would think that a five year window should be reasonable for implementation of a master bike plan.

Vish: I think there needs to be some short-term (within 1-2 years) solutions to enable safer cycling for adults and kids wherever possible. Then a longer term plan (5-8 years) of a deeper redesign of our biking amenities.

Noel: The function of the District in this program is as an advocate for adoption of Livability and Living Streets. To date, we have been able to persuade Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach to adopt ‘Living Streets’ concepts and integrate these principles into their urban planning principles. We continue to work with the City of Manhattan Beach to get them to see the wisdom in these policies.

3. What do you think should BCHD‘s role be in helping move the bike masterplan forward in the beach cities?

Andrea: Provide funding to SBBC for advocacy. Do advocacy to city staff and elected officials.

David: I would hope that the BCHD Board would take an active role in both the gathering of community input, researching plan elements that have been successful in other geographic areas, being an active participant in planning/design meetings, and adding it’s leadership skill and experience to the process.

Vish: Advocating for health, happiness and well-being is our primary mission at BCHD. Cycling happens to improve health directly through it’s exercise, and indirectly through cleaner air. It has also been correlated with improved happiness. I used to bike commute 10 miles each way a couple of times a week and found I arrived home a lot more decompressed, than when I drove the 10 miles home! BCHD’s role should be as one of the leaders in moving the plan forward.

Noel: The District has made a lasting and fundamental commitment with permanent staff assigned to these tasks and under my leadership will continue to do so.

4. How much priority and resources would you be willing to support towards safe cycling education?

Andrea: That’s a good question. It’s definitely a priority and would need more information about the costs, numbers reached, etc. to determine resources.

David: The last question is difficult for me to answer as I am not an incumbent and do not have a keen working knowledge of all of the priorities facing the Health District or the Board of Directors.

Vish: I support training children in the schools around bike safety and financial resources towards signage throughout our communities.

Vote on November 6, 2018

Find all the information about the coming election HERE. Checkout your sample ballot, find your polling place and more. Vote on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018!

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