Each week I post my intended schedule for the eight pro bono hours I offer as Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor. (Full disclosure: I spent far more time than I intended on Bicycle Mayor duties in November, so I need to curtail that so that I can attract additional people to this service, as is one of my three expressed goals, as well as focus on my billable deliverables as a professional writer.)
Here’s what’s on the schedule for this upcoming week:
Hour 1: Georgia Commute Options’ Love to Ride program has requested my availability for an interview as I was apparently one of the 50 most active members in their month-long Biketober event and they are preparing to launch a winter riding challenge and would like some rubber-hits-the-road user experience input. Additionally, a woman considering applying to become a Bicycle Mayor has requested a phone meeting.
Hour 2: City Councilor Joe Seconder from the City of Dunwoody, Georgia requested my review and additions to modules in production for a required education series for city employees. This driver education series may also be used as ticket diversion for drivers charged under the Vulnerable Road User Ordinance (such as the first person charged after hitting me, whose rescheduled arraignment is this upcoming Tuesday — here’s what I expected to happen at the originally-scheduled arraignment). This series may eventually be used throughout the region and state. UPDATE: SEE HERE.
Hour 3: Compose and send an email to the Metro Atlanta mayors (see Come to “MAMA”), as well as county CEOs, introducing myself and my purpose; highlighting available resources; sharing the request from my interview with Byron Rushing (the Bicycle and Walking Program Manager at the Atlanta Regional Commission); and inviting story suggestions about people doing good work in their cities and counties regarding bike access-for-all. DONE. UPDATE: SEE HERE.
Hour 4: Review the latest City of Atlanta plans re: bike access-for-all and the scorecards for certified Bicycle Friendly Universities in the City of Atlanta (Georgia Institute of Technology: Gold/Emory University: Silver). (The City of Atlanta is my focus for December, based on this monthly schedule covering the 10-county Metro Atlanta region). Set up one interview with a key involved person for next week.
Hours 5 and 6: Conduct hands-on research while Traveling at the Speed of Bike around the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the City of Atlanta (in addition to what I’ve already done prior). UPDATE: SEE HERE.
Hour 7: Write update post for publication on Thursday on TravelingAtTheSpeedOfBike.com and amplify it across all social media platforms. Also, check that the new print ad in the “Joy” campaign ran as scheduled. DECIDED TO UPDATE DAILY INSTEAD (posts are thereby shorter and more digestible, although it takes me way more time, but I enjoy writing).
Hour 8: Finish writing the Ride Stories for the City of Suwanee and the MARTA Murals self-guided tours. Set up interviews for next week with key people at Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy (re: their family bike program) and Outback Bikes (re: their essential riders bike-rental story). Oh, and get the bike from Jon to Diana, and order bike bells for my Clarkston students (who are now bike skills graduates!) with proceeds from my book plus items in my Traveling at the Speed of Bike Holiday Gift Guide (big thanks). UPDATE: Diana got the bike! Here’s a free lesson for you as well. Everything else mentioned above is in progress.