Welcome

Hi. If this is your first time visiting this blog, welcome. If you’ve been here before, welcome back. 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…

Hands-free update

So, the new so-called Hands-Free Law (specifically to keep drivers from using cell phones but also includes not touching cameras/bike riders must follow motor vehicle laws) that recently went into effect in the State of Georgia, where I live, seems to be working out just fine while I’m Traveling at the Speed of Bike. I…

Today’s nice stranger

He was crossing the street. I was turning while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. He waved me on. I waved him on. We ended up just meeting in the middle of the crosswalk and talking. His name is Kemp (short for Kempten, which is the little town in Germany from which he comes). He…

La, la, la

Some days (specifically those over 90 and below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, I’ve noticed), I get the place almost to myself. And that makes me sing out loud. Song of choice? Ode to Joy, of course — as in Rode to Joy!

Newest city in USA turns 10

And so it was, ten years ago this week, that citizens of the metro-Atlanta area where I live checked “yes” to form what was then the newest city in the United States. I honestly believed the words to the song, “We can build a beautiful city, yes we can, yes, we can.” In fact, I…

On track

Lots brewing, yet trying to stay on track with my latest fiction (which is now growing from a short story to a full-fledged novel). It’s time-consuming (especially since I’m an experiential researcher) and mentally exhausting. And I love every minute of it.

Only one free class left

Thank you for your support of my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike. I was able to teach a bunch of classes this year with proceeds from the sale of it. See here for links to stories about most of these students. I have a next-step happening soon that will have me donating in a different…

Meet Viv

Meet Viv. She was my student today for my 2nd-to-last free “Pedal Power with Pattie” Basic Bike Skills Class for Women. As our time to start passed, I thought she was gonna be a no-show but then she messaged that she was running late. Turns out she rode her bike over an hour to come…

Love/hate relationship

So the whole dockless bikes/e-scooters/mopeds* thing is heating up rapidly on the streets and sidewalks of Atlanta. Companies that have descended upon our formerly-car-centric city in just the last month or two include Bird, Lime, Ofo, and Muving USA. Competition is fierce. Laws are being broken constantly, such as this Ofo dockless bikeshare worker who parked…