Sunday’s Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride will be Rod Katz’s 17th, making him one of a handful of people who haven’t missed one since it all started way back in 1998.
A passionate cyclist and road safety advocate, Rod – along with his wife Vida – will ride the 68km route and also spend some time helping out on the Amy Gillett Foundation stand. They’re good friends with the Gillett family and Rod was instrumental in setting up the Foundation following Amy’s death in 2005.
“The Foundation has evolved into an organisation that tackles safety for cyclists head-on and that pleases me a great deal,” said Rod.
His passion for cycling and urban infrastructure started at university in Sydney where he negotiated his way around the city on his bike. He did a PhD on factors that would influence the demand for cycling and is still very much involved in the advocacy area. He will present a paper at the Velo-city Cycling Planning Conference in Adelaide in May.
Although his bike remains his principle form of transport, he laments the fact that working from home means he misses a regular cycling commute.
“I don’t ride my bike as much as I would like to although I try to make up for it when I’m not working – cycle touring is definitely our ideal type of holiday,” said Rod.