I’m happy to share the following additional bonus resources with you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. If you arrived here from the Bonus Link on the last day of my Pedal Power with Pattie class (the 1st bike class in the world delivered via text, now available via PDF as well), welcome!
1. Bike Tips: See below for free rubber-hits-the-road tips in quick-view 30-second videos and an infographic. (Note: my library analogy, which demystifies changing gears, is coming soon. Here’s one on Lane Positioning.)
2. The View from the Handlebars: View over 1,000 photos of bike infrastructure, and more, while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. These may be helpful if you need to show examples at your local city hall or elsewhere where you are trying to encourage positive change. Please feel free to use my photos, with photo credit: © Pattie Baker 2020. You may also enjoy my “You Go, Girl!” blog series showcasing 31 women across the USA (and beyond) making it more welcoming to ride bikes.
3. Links to additional online tools:
Helpful how-to bike guides and videos from Liv (makers of bikes designed and engineered by women, for women) about bike skills and lifestyle (don’t miss the self-care guide!), as well as bike skills videos from REI. And don’t miss the how-to videos from WomanTours (the only bike touring company by women, for women).
BikeEd from the City of Houston in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists.
If you find yourself at (and in need of) a bike repair station (which are becoming more common in parks and elsewhere) and don’t know what the hell to do, Dero has you covered. (Note: carry gloves or a napkin with you so you don’t need to handle public tools directly during COVID-19. I often just use my skirt, which I typically wear over bike shorts, if I need to touch anything. Carry hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes for afterwards.)
4. Free look inside Traveling at the Speed of Bike: a quick-read book about a woman — and a country — at a crossroads. See here to order in print or digital version on Amazon from any global market. Click here to order at the same price as Amazon but benefit local bookstores throughout the USA.
5. #BikeNoodle Sticker: I road-tested a three-foot pool noodle sticking out from the side of my bike for three and a half years (so far!) to track its effect on motor vehicle driver aggression and illegal passing. It reduced aggression completely and increased safe passing to about double the required distance. In short, it has been almost 100% effective for me and enabled me to access roads in my suburb-city and four neighboring ones that are dangeorus-by-design. You can buy the sticker I used here and customize it to meet your needs. Read more about #BikeNoodle in Traveling at the Speed of Bike (specifically Chapter 6: Noodle Lady). UPDATE: This happened on July 13, 2020. A reminder that nothing will protect you against recklesss, distracted, or impaired drivers or those who may intend harm against you.
6. Seniors-on-Trikes Course Recommendations: I created the concise document below for you to use where you live, developed as a result of my year spent teaching the Silver Spokes seniors-on-adult-tricycles class in the Bicycle Friendly Community of Decatur, Georgia. There are some stories about these classes in Traveling at the Speed of Bike.
7. Self-Guided Bike Tours
As a People for Bikes Ambassador, I am creating and sharing self-guided bike tours that are low-stress and welcoming. My listed tours include:
- Most Diverse City in the USA while Traveling at the Speed of Bike
- Downtown Decatur while Traveling at the Speed of Bike
- “Women on the Walls” Street Murals while Traveling at the Speed of Bike
- Tiny Doors to Tony Doors while Traveling at the Speed of Bike
- Mural Bike Racks while Traveling at the Speed of Bike
8. Additionally, tap into your local bike advocacy organization. These groups all over the United States are doing astounding things to make a measurable difference in accessibility and safety for everyone sharing our public spaces known as streets. Many offer free classes and other local resources. Also, local bike tour companies offer interesting ways to see your city by bike and are worth every penny. (Fun fact: In Atlanta, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Bicycle Tours of Atlanta, and Civil Bikes are all led —and owned, in the case of the last two—by women. The City of Atlanta also has a full-time Chief Bicycle Officer, who is also a woman.)
*This is what has worked for me. I assume no liability for any outcomes of actions you may take as a result of my recommendations. I regret that I have to add this disclaimer, but in our litigious country, this is unfortunately necessary.