Hi. I’m Pattie. I’m one of only twenty League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructors in the State of Georgia. I offer one free class each month specifically designed for women and teen girls, who are underrepresented in our public spaces. Meet some of my previous students here. My next free in-person class is Wednesday, July 21. Only 3 spots. Registration required. Contact me if that date and time does not work for you and we’ll see what we can do.
Snag your spot here. #YouGoGirl
If u know a recent high school grad heading off the college, this would be especially helpful as many college campuses/cities offer bikeshares and there are bike handling, hazard avoidance, and rules of the road tips that would be helpful to know. Maybe you want to ride errands (like I do), or just ride around the park, or on the Atlanta Beltline, or on vacation. Or maybe you need a solution for final-mile connectivitiy on mass transit, a way to save money as gas prices rise, or on ongoing mental/physical health boosts during these increasingly trying times. Short answer? Bikes are miracle machines. Don’t be left out of the biggest bike boom since the 1970s. You belong.
In addition to my in-person classes (in various locations throughout Metro Atlanta), see 3 virtual class options below as well.
Wanna just go for a bike ride and feel like the person who planned the route has your back? I see you. I got you. Check out these welcoming routes in Metro Atlanta.
You may also enjoy meeting these people who are making it more welcoming to ride bikes close to home and around the world.
I offer 4 (!) ways to learn free basic bike skills through my proprietary Pedal Power with Pattie class, including the first bike class in the world delivered via text and TikTok!
Based on the nine-hour Smart Cycling curriculum from the League of American Bicyclists (which I am certified to teach as a League Cycling Instructor), my class is condensed to fit into women and teen girls’ lifestyles better. What’s more, it includes additional lived and learned experience about Traveling at the Speed of Bike as an underrepresented person in our shared public spaces.
The first three are learn-from-anywhere, and the fourth is in Metro Atlanta:
1. TikTok! Got 8-30 seconds? Learn a thing or two, or just enjoy an inspiring tip!
2. Text! Got a minute? Enjoy 22 cute, free daily texts at the time you determine! They each feature a visual, three quick bullets and a bonus link. That’s it. This ain’t rocket science. My class is on a third party platform that specializes in text-based learning and keeps your number secure (note: the platform, Arist, charges a one-time $9 administrative fee for this class).
3. PDF! Wanna binge or take your sweet time? Download the exact same series of 22 lessons that are in the text class for free! People all over the world already have. Join them.
4. In-Person! Got two hours? I offer one free in-person class a month. Meet Kaysha, Meghna, Helena, Diana, and some of the other women and girls who have taken my class (some of whom never rode a bike before in their lives). My next in-person class is Wednesday, July 21 for up to three women/teen girls who already know how to balance and pedal on a bicycle. Registration required — Secure your spot here. (Contact me if you don’t know how to ride a bike at all and I will help you figure out your next steps.)
Note: Location is in Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Georgia, USA which has a bus stop on the 132 from the Gold Line connection at the Chamblee MARTA station. Bikes are allowed on all MARTA trains, the streetcar, and buses at all time that the system is operating. The bus can carry up to two bikes. See how to load/unload your bike on a MARTA bus below*.
(Upcoming classes to be held in City of Atlanta and Clarkston, GA.)
Note: These free classes are possible due to your purchase of my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike as well as the Artsy Bike Baby Bib. 100% of proceeds are used to help more women and girls ride bikes.
I am currently serving as the Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor as part of a global consortium of 120 bicycle mayors with the Amsterdam-based social enteprise BYCS. I am a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor and a PeopleForBikes Ambassador.
I am also the first survivor of a Vulnerable Road User Ordinance violation in the southeastern USA and a long-time advocate for safe access for all. If you are a road violence and/or harassment survivor and have not ridden a bike for that reason, you are not alone and my class may help you feel more comfortable. (If interested, here are 11 Tips after an Assault while Riding Your Bike.)