St. Louis Bicyclists to ride in memory of Mike Katz

Bob Foster of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation forwarded the following announcement today:
The St. Louis cycling community will be riding in memory of Michael Katz Sunday, July 31. Michael was active in the cycling community and a passionate rider. Hewas struck and killed by a motorist Monday, July 25, on Olive Boulevard, near Pavillion Drive in Creve Coeur, MO. Michael was riding a recumbent.

Michael A. Katz, 65, was a longtime supporter of the Gateway Council of Hostelling International, member of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation and Trailnet, and a regular on Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society rides. As recently as last weekend, Mike was an active volunteer on the Peach Pedal ride at Eckert's in Belleville. The photo shown here is from the Cycle Across Missouri: An Excursion into Little Egypt ride in June. Mike also played a key role with the Turtles, which like the BABES is a loosely organized group affiliated with the Gateway Council.


Join other riders to commemorate Mike’s life, raise awareness of traffic safety and share stories this Sunday. Riders will gather at 243 N. Lindbergh (the American Optometric Association), where parking is available. Departure for the accident site will be at 4:30 p.m., by bike. It is roughly two miles to the site, and a mile to return.

At 5 p.m. we will hold an observance at the site of the accident. Riders are encouraged tobring flowers, or other mementos, to place at the site. The Creve Coeur police and themedia have been invited. Parking is available at Schnuck’s, at the corner of Spoede and Olive.

Even if you didn’t know Michael, this is an opportunity to raise the community’s awareness of the need to drive safely and to cycle with care. Cycling directions: 243 N. Lindbergh is north of Ladue Road and south of Olive. It’s on the west side of Lindbergh. From Ladue, the most convenient option is to walk your bike on the sidewalk on the West side of Lindbergh to the Optometric Association parking lot. From Olive, take Lindbergh south, or take Warson Rd. South to Ladue.

Please note: This is not a sponsored ride. All riders will assume responsibility for their own safety, and there will be no access to the Optometric Association building. Creve Coeur law requires all bike riders to wear helmets. For information about the ride, call 314 707-5001, or email info@stlbikefed.org. To contact Michael’s family, send a note to katzkmakatz1@aol.com.


Thanks to Roger Kramer Cycling, the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation and Bike Works for their assistance.