Welcome

Hi. My name is Pattie Baker. I am a professional writer and a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor. I’m also a street photographer, organic gardener, mom, and voter. My most recent book is titled Traveling at the Speed of Bike and it is available as a paperback or ebook on Amazon in all global markets,…

Little girls

Every time I pass a little girl on a bike, let’s say under about the age of ten, she stares at me. Not just looks. Stares. Every single time. It is not uncommon for a girl I pass to literally just stop completely and stare at me right in the middle of the path. I…

50 women, 50 states

So this is coming along. If you are a woman anywhere in the United States who would like to take my proprietary “Pedal Power with Pattie” Basic Bike Skills Class (a 1.5-2 hour class adapted from the League of American Bicyclists’ nine-hour Smart Cycling class, which I am certified to teach) to help empower you to…

The kind of place

It was the kind of place where every entry to the endless public beach hosted a colorful bike locked or just left leaning against a post or sea grape tree, often with a kicked-off pair of flip flops beside it. We’ve been going there forever, it seems, and we almost never miss a sunrise, and…

Courage and street smarts (and a bridge)

This is Andrea, one of my Pedal Power with Pattie students (see other student testimonials here). Here is a previous post I wrote about Andrea, right after our class five months ago. I just wrote to City Hall again to find out when the bike/ped bridge is going to be built over that creek (see the…

Big thanks

Big thanks to those who have purchased and read my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike, and then taken the time to post these lovely reviews. Here is the latest. 

In their words

I followed up with my “Pedal Power with Pattie” students to see how things are going and if they want to do a group ride in the near future. Here are brief excerpts from some of the lovely updates I’ve received so far. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me feel to hear…

Yes. Good. On we go.

This bikey thing is starting to really add up. My first year as a League Cycling Instructor, I was paid to teach seniors-on-trikes and an earn-a-bike class for youth-in-need (plus a few bike rodeos for kids). My second year, I donated these classes with proceeds from the sale of my latest book, Traveling at the…

Less than .2%

You have probably read the statistics about the sharp decline in children walking and riding bikes to school. You may not really realize how dramatic it has been until you see the empty bike racks. In the suburb-city where I live, it would have taken 65 students riding their bikes to school today (which was…