My Email to My Congresswoman’s Office UPDATED

This was written to Mr. Chris Speed, District Director for Representative Lucy McBath (who serves as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 6th District, which is where I live).

Hi, Chris. I so appreciated your taking the time to talk with Elliott Caldwell (Georgia Bikes’ Executive Director) and me during the National Bike Summit recently. I keep thinking of the time you said you rode your bike on Roswell Road to Kroger. That story made me realize that you truly understand the life-and-death challenges those of us face who are trying to take a positive economic, environmental, and social resilience action. 

As Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor of the 10 ARC-designated counties (and part of a consortium of 115 fellow Bicycle Mayors around the world), I shine a light on good things happening county-by-county, month-by-month on my blog, Traveling at the Speed of Bike. My March focus is Cobb, and my April focus is DeKalb, which both include Representative McBath’s (and my!) district. As part of my coverage, I do a “Meet” series of interview-based articles — you can see examples here. I would love to feature Representative McBath, if she would be interested in talking with me via phone (or on bike?) about how she would like to see our district become more welcoming for people of all ages and abilities riding bikes for transportation, sport, recreation and tourism.

There are lots of resources on my blog for our fellow constituents, by the way. These include free self-guided bike tours that are welcoming to all (several of which are in our district), plus free basic bike skills classes (specifically designed for women and teen girls, who are underrepresented in our public spaces), delivered via text, PDF, and in person. 

Please let me know if there is anything else I can provide that might align with Representative McBath’s goals, and if an interview for my blog is an option. 

Trust the journey,

Pattie Baker

Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor

League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor #5382

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