I changed my mind. Instead of offering a free online class to one woman in every U.S. state, I decided to give it to everyone (right in the comfort of your home). So, here goes — settle in with a snack and click the video above. It’s a 30-minute version of my proprietary two-hour “Pedal Power with Pattie” Basic Bike Skills Class*. If you’re thinking about getting back on bike again, start there. Then, spend some time on the League of American Bicyclists website to watch their videos, and check out your local bike advocacy group and local bike shops for free or affordable classes on bike riding and maintenance, or see your city in a whole new way on a local bike tour — I would love to be your guide! Most of all, find somewhere you feel safe and comfortable, and just ride. (Note: I am about to offer private classes at market rates in my local park, once I get the city’s approval to do so. They will be similar to the free class I donated each month this past year.)
If you live in metro Atlanta, you may enjoy participating in the Atlanta Bike Challenge for Biketober, going on right now. You earn points (such as 20 points every day that you ride just ten minutes!) that give you a chance to win great prizes. I am leading a no-pressure team named Trusting the Journey, and we have one spot left if you want to join. (I’m hoping to win one of the grand-prize trips and use the cash equivalent to take a service trip to Tanzania, where I would work with local villages to help women ride bikes.)
If you are curious what’s great for women on bikes in all 50 U.S. states, so am I! That’s why I’m doing basic online research (and in-person when possible) of every single U.S. state, one per week over the next year. I’ve already done Idaho and Illinois. Texas will be published soon. At the end, I’ll do some sort of final overview. Bottom line? Our public spaces are undergoing their biggest metamorphosis in years, and you are invited to participate.
Finally, check out my FREE Bonus Resources (including Seniors-on-Trikes recommendations for your city’s Parks and Recreation Department) and my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike, available on Amazon in all global markets in both print and digital editions. I’m an indie author and your support is greatly appreciated. If you’ve already read and loved the book, please consider writing a review as it helps me to reach more people and encourage more folks to get back on bike.
* There’s a glitch or two in the video. Please overlook.
Disclaimer: I am not asking anyone to sign a release and I assume no liability for any action you may take as a result of watching my free online class.