I want to help create a more bike-friendly country, especially for women and girls. There are a ton of reasons why this matters, and many of them are weaved throughout my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike. I’m happy to share the following bonus resources with you. Also, see my classes and custom content offerings as well. (For local women, I am offering this free class every month through May — May is already sold out but stay tuned for March and April dates/locations.) Please feel free to contact me if there is a particular impediment to bike riding that you are experiencing anywhere in the United States, and I would be happy to try to help you find a solution.
The View from the Handlebars: View over 500 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 © 2018.
Bike Noodle Sticker: I road-tested a three-foot pool noodle sticking out from the side of my bike for ten months 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 was 100% effective for me and enabled me to access roads in my suburb-city and four neighboring ones that were previously unsafe to ride. You can buy the sticker I used here and customize it to meet your needs. Read more about Bike Noodle in Traveling at the Speed of Bike (specifically Chapter 6: Noodle Lady).
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.
“I’m Routing for You!” Maps: Below are routes in the City of Atlanta that I’ve put together through trial and error that I consider to be safe for a woman riding alone (since I ride them all the time) that are also perfect for families, friends, tourists and business visitors, and corporate groups out for a fun spin. I mention specific helpful details such as hills, bathrooms, bike racks, nearby train stations, and more.
The Art of Bike Riding: Here are some of the amazing murals around metro-Atlanta that you may pass while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. I offer these merely as inspiration to get out there to enjoy the ride wherever you live, especially since old murals don’t last forever (and you don’t want to miss them) and new ones are constantly being added (which is fun). Check out #ArtOfBikeRiding on Instagram for more, and why not add your own?
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.) Finally, I’m a big fan of bikeshare systems but I have some caveats with that. Stay tuned and I’ll develop a resource about bikeshares soon.