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.
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.