Earning my “see” legs

This photo is from Day 1 of a school-year-long project I did titled Around Atlanta in 180 Days (take a peek!). That’s when I first threw my bike, laptop, and camera in the car and started riding my bike around the cities of Decatur and Atlanta, Georgia every day because my younger daughter was going to a…

You don’t need permission, you know

After applying for that Chief Bicycle Officer job with the City of Atlanta, I got to liking the title so much that I decided to just give it to myself (being a Take the Lane kind of person and all). So I am now the Chief Bicycling Officer here at Traveling at the Speed of…

Underdog

So the first few questions on the City of Atlanta job application for Chief Bicycle Officer ask me if I went to school for engineering (that would be no), if I had this and that certification (another big, fat no), and if I had at least five years experience doing things I never did —…

As Atlanta’s new Chief Bicycle Officer

When I heard that the nation’s first Chief Bicycle Officer, Becky Katz, right here in Atlanta, was leaving (for Berlin, I believe), I got interested in that position. I’ll be available full-time September 15 for my next big calling in life, and why not this? Then (as last time when they advertised the position a…

Hands

“This is Pattie,” Bec Cranford* said to the five or six people there as we entered a room with racks of gently-used clothes from which those without homes could choose new outfits each week. “She is a writer and will be taking photos, but will respect your privacy and not take any that include faces.”…

You pass people (1)

You pass people while Traveling at the Speed of Bike, and you notice in just that split second how the wind whips and how they clutch their coats or blankets or pieces of cardboard, and you wonder if you are going to pass them by in life. And then you get to ask yourself more…

Dear Amazon:

Dear Amazon: I hear you are coming to the metro Atlanta area soon (like in a week or two) to see if maybe you’d like to build your big second headquarters here. We should talk. I know you have a long list of criteria, and that it includes a place that is bike-friendly for your…

Peachtree Street at night

So the Urban Confidence class (offered for free by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition) with which I helped last night was pretty darn awesome (with the exception of the usual several drivers in bike lanes, and the surprising fact that none of the four Relay Bikeshare* bikes’ back lights worked — am grateful I tossed a red…