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A memorial bike ride for Julian Katz took place on June 10, 2018 starting at the Hermosa Beach Pier.

The Julian Katz Memorial Bikeway Dedication takes place Thursday, June 6, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the bike corral located on Hermosa Avenue at 10th Street.

Katz was known as a dedicated cyclist and environmental activist when he died following a battle with prostate cancer in June 2018.

Katz and his wife Gila moved to Hermosa Beach in 1989 when he became an advocate for safer streets for bicyclists in the South Bay. He became the founding member and past president of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition, a vice president of the Beach Cities Cycling Club, as well as a past president of the Hermosa Beach Lawn Blowing Club. He also spent eight years on the Hermosa Beach Public Works Commission, from 2006 to 2014.

Katz was also instrumental in developing the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan, which allowed for the first bikeway on Hermosa Avenue. He helped unify El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lawndale and Gardena to develop that plan, which led to a $250,000 grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Katz, a retired aerospace engineer, also served on the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation Finance Committee, volunteered for the Hermosa Beach Friends of the Park and volunteered as a reader and math mentor at 186th Street Elementary School in Gardena. He was also honored as Hermosa Beach's Older American Award winner in 2012.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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