Honoring Our Beloved Bike Hero Julian Katz

We are deeply saddened with the passing of a beautiful soul. Julian Katz was a South Bay Bike Coalition Board member and an inspiration to all of us. He is the only 88 year old we know who responds to texts, emails and doodle polls. Until recently, he rode his bike everywhere he went.

Julian was always pushing for things to be better; to add more bike lanes, give bikes to underprivileged kids, setup a bike swap program etc. He knew that in order for things to improve, we have to embrace change. That change is a good thing!

Make A Contribution In Julian’s Honor

There was nothing Julian loved more than teaching kids to ride bikes for the first time and giving bikes to kids who could not afford one. In his memory, we are creating a fund to make sure the kids he loved especially the ones from 186th Elementary School in Gardena are taught bike safety skills and given new bikes and safety equipment when they need it.

You can make a tax deductible donation in honor of Julian

Sunday Bike Ride For Julian

A few of Julian’s friends are meeting on June 10, 2018 10am at Manhattan Beach Pier to ride their bikes in honor of Julian. The ride will be from Manhattan Beach Pier to North Redondo. On the return, we are dedicating 1 of the mini bike corrals in Hermosa Beach t0 our bicycle hero, Julian Katz. This will be a social / family friendly ride. Everyone is welcome to join as they please. We’d love for you to come bike with us in your most whimsical outfit. We will be the group with handlebar mustaches.

We will forever miss Julian’s handlebar mustache and whimsical bike accessories he would always wear. Rest in Peace, Julian Katz. You will always be our bicycle hero. Thank you for founding the South Bay Bicycle Coalition. We will do our best to keep your legacy. Keep on riding sir! 🚲🚲

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May 9 Is National Bike To School Day | Manhattan Beach Middle School

Our 2nd Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for Manhattan Beach Middle School

 

After the success of last year’s Bike to School Day, The South Bay Bike Coalition and MBMS are working together with MBPD and MBFD to have another safe and successful bike to school day this May 9.

SBBC is coordinating “meet-up” spots throughout Manhattan Beach, and adult bike leaders will help escort kids along safe routes to and from school. Parents are invited to ride along!  Your kids will have fun. You’ll have fun. And you’ll be glad you helped promote exercise and fewer emissions in Manhattan Beach.

Helmets are required, and there will be some fun things for the riders when they get to school.

  • designated meetup spots where MBPD / MBFD will be helping to gather kids
  • meetup time will be 8:00 am and everyone will bike to school together at 8:15am
  • each “biking school bus” will have an assigned officer
  • please review the suggested bike route as reviewed by our Traffic Engineer

 

Please REGISTER your student before April 30 so we can assign your meet up spot.

Ride Leaders Needed

Please consider joining us as a ride leader and ride with the kids to school. The more the merrier! The morning session will be approx 8:15am – 9am, and the afternoon ride back to the meet-up spots will be approx 2:45 – 3:30pm.

You can register for both sessions, or either morning or afternoon.

Please contact Jay Hoeschler at jay@avidtrails.com to sign up as a ride leader.

Photo’s from last years Bike To School Day:

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Guided Sunset Strand History Tour by Bike | Redondo and Hermosa Beach

May 3, 2018 Free Redondo & Hermosa Guided Sunset Bike Tour

Cruise Hermosa & Redondo Beach while learning about these cities beautiful histories and watch the sunset all on two wheels!

We are so fortunate to have riding with us two well-known local history buff’s, Chris Miller for Hermosa Beach and Pat Aust for Redondo Beach. Each will enlighten and entertain us with interesting facts and folklore as we make several stops along our beautiful ride.

No bike? No problem! You can still join and borrow one for free on-site from Hermosa Cyclery (one driver’s license is required as security for your group). Your ticket to this event is your RSVP to borrow a bike, should you need one. Please arrive by 6pm at the check in location.

Event Schedule:

Date: Thursday May 3, 2018

Price: FREE

Location: Meet up between Good Stuff & Hermosa Cyclery, 20 13th Street Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

  • 6:00 PM – Check in starts + bike rental distribution
  • 6:30 PM – Ride begins
  • 7:15 PM – Arrive at Veterans Park (estimated arrival time)
  • 7:38 PM – Stop for the sunset on our way back

Register on Eventbrite

Get your free ticket today to save your spot for this fun and entertaining ride along our beautiful beaches. See you there!

Eventbrite - Guided Sunset Strand History Tour by Bike

2017 Guided Sunset Strand Bike Tour

 

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Recap of the November 7th Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

Recap of the November 7th Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

We did it!

On November 7th, 2017, the Manhattan Beach City Council passed legislation that will add sharrows to many streets in Manhattan Beach.  The South Bay Bicycle Coalition was instrumental in pushing this legislation through and we are overjoyed that it was passed.

During the meeting, the president of the SBBC, Charlene Dipaola, gave a great speech on the need for sharrows in Manhattan Beach. She referenced the growing need for sharrows for schoolchildren and casual bicyclists.

11 miles of sharrows were approved by the city council, which means that about half of the South Bay Bike Master Plan was implemented.

We also had a lot of residents show up and support the passing of this legislation. Without them, our argument would not have been as convincing as it was, so we thank all of them for coming.

For more information on this event, visit the links below.

Click here for a map of the proposed sharrows.

Click here for a list of roads that will have sharrows added to them.

Click here for a video of the city council meeting. (SBBC Speech at 53:56)

Click here for an easy reader article covering this meeting.

Click here for the SBBC master plan.

 

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November 7th City Council Meeting

November 7th City Council Meeting

In the last 6 years, we have been pushing for different cities in the South Bay to implement safer routes to schools, parks, churches etc. Our goal is that ALL citizens feel safe in our cities with whatever mode of transportation they choose.

 

We are at a turning point with Manhattan Beach as the council is finally considering implementing more sharrows in the city. Based on a study from LA Department of Transportation:
“Sharrows improved the interactions between drivers and bicyclists in a number of ways: drivers passed bicyclists at greater distances, drivers allowed a greater tailing distance when following behind a bicyclist, tailgated a bicyclist far less often, took fewer aggressive actions, and were less abusive towards bicyclists.” — read the study

We need YOUR help to move this initiative forward!
The city staff has recommended community outreach instead of implementation. We have already had community outreach 6 years ago when the Bike Masterplan was approved by Manhattan Beach Council. This will cost more than just putting paint on the street. We want the City Council to know that they should prioritize safer streets NOW!
There are 3 ways you can help:
1. Speak up or show up for the meeting

  • Manhattan Beach City Council Chambers – 1400 Highland Ave
  • Nov 7, 2017
  • 6pm
  • We will have speakers during the public comments and will ask you to stand up to show your support
  • Contact Mike Don to coordinate your attendance

Contact Mike

2. Leave a digital public comment for the council, we suggest the following comments under issue J.11 (Consider Addition of Shared Lane Markings…)

  • This issue was approved 6 years ago after much community outreach and the city has done almost nothing
  • We do not need more public outreach, this is a safety issue
  • Safe routes to schools should be a priority

Leave a Public Comment

3. Write a letter to the City Council, with the same points suggested in (#2)

Write a Letter to Council

We are grateful for your support!

Best,
South Bay Bike Coalition

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Recap of the Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

Recap of the Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting

Success!

Due to the efforts of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition and our supporters, on October 3rd, the Manhattan Beach City Council approved the staff recommendations that were proposed.

Specifically, sharrows are going to be added near schools, among other locations. Although this was a victory, there will be more!

Stay tuned for more information on what YOU can do to help make the South Bay more bicycle friendly.

Attached is a picture of all the people who came out to support bicycling in the South Bay. We would like to thank all those who took time out of their busy schedules to come support us and we hope you will be able to do the same thing in the future.

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