Toot, toot

Happiness is . . . getting a toot, toot from the streetcar drivers when I’m Traveling at the Speed of Bike. We’ve been waving at each other for years as I’ve been doing a longitudinal street photography essay called A Streetcar Named Aspire. Here is my description of that project: The brand new Atlanta Streetcar…

Feel-good reflections

A lot of folks share with me their own bike memories after reading my book, which I love to hear. A man texted me the following reflections, and he gave me permission to share them with you. They may remind you of some things from your own life. (The four-second video above may spark some…

Latest review

“I read Pattie’s latest book in one sitting, and she has captured the spirit of what a bike can do for one’s body and soul. It’s fun (and easy) to place one’s self on her bike seat as she negotiates her life’s climbs and descents. I chuckled several times, and also found my eyes misting…

Simple and miraculous

It’s really just as simple and miraculous as this*, folks, when you’re Traveling at the Speed of Bike. * watch the whole five seconds

They exist

Something like 81% of Americans say they want to write a book. Yet so many people die with that desire still inside them, or their unpublished manuscripts stuffed under their beds. As a bike rider who risks death by motor vehicle violence daily, I didn’t want to be one of those people. However, when I…

Pennies on the tracks

One of my fave books is The Grapes of Wrath (which I read for the first time just a couple of years ago), for many reasons. I especially love that John Steinbeck mixes fiction and nonfiction so much that the book actually shifts from storytelling to straight journalism between chapters. As someone who straddles that…

Continuing education

Just five months in to 2018 and I am excited to announce that I have fulfilled my League Cycling Instructor Continuing Education recertification requirements for 2018. This year, in addition to Pedal Power with Pattie classes (which is a 1.5-to–2-hour proprietary adaptation I created of the League of American Bicyclists’ nine-hour Smart Cycling curriculum), I’ve…

You think I’m exaggerating?

You think I’m exaggerating? This photo was taken this past Sunday on my Best of Atlanta 10-mile loop. See the map I created (with handy tips) for you, as well as the link to my whole View from the Handlebars album, in my Bonus Resources. See here for links to buy my book, Traveling at…