Meet Danielle. She hadn’t really ridden a bike much since she was a kid, but with two children and a hubby who all like to ride, she decided it was time to get back on two wheels herself. She bought this nice seven-speed bike this week and came flying around the corner on it today for the “Pedal Power with Pattie” Basic Bike Skills Class for Women I donated to the City of Decatur’s Active Living Department as part of its National Bike Month lineup.
Danielle can already handle the bike just fine but wanted some brushing up on signals and road rules, and general how-to-run-errands and how-to-ride-to-school-with-the-kids tips. You know, the kinds of details that make it possible to actually get out there and make bike riding part of your everyday life, plus some bonus hazard avoidance skills just in case. An hour and a half later, she headed off for home in the bike lane, scanning over her shoulder, ready to take the lane if needed.
As I leave these classes, I can’t help wondering where the journey will take my students next. I think of Danielle and Aimee and Ella and Andrea and Jyotsna and Juliet and Rebecca and Gayle, and all of them. The women. The seniors-on-trikes. The earn-a-bike kids. I say a little prayer for their safety, and their joy, and their future discoveries while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. And that’s really all I can do, isn’t it?
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