Which state will be first?

Which state will be first? Stay tuned as I kick off my “What’s Great in 50 States” for women Traveling at the Speed of Bike. Note — I decided to do this because: (1) I don’t think anyone else is doing it; (2) The League of American Bicyclists (which serves as a terrific central resource…

Pinterest

Fearless. Spiritual. Never Give Up. Feel Like a Kid Again. Mind over Matter. Transform Yourself. Traveling at the Speed of Bike is now on Pinterest! My newest board  features sayings and quotes I find while traveling at the speed of bike (of course). Plus, I’m including some of my poems and other original visual/verbals mashups yet…

Little girls

Every time I pass a little girl on a bike, let’s say under about the age of ten, she stares at me. Not just looks. Stares. Every single time. It is not uncommon for a girl I pass to literally just stop completely and stare at me right in the middle of the path. I…

Meet Viv

Meet Viv. She was my student today for my 2nd-to-last free “Pedal Power with Pattie” Basic Bike Skills Class for Women. As our time to start passed, I thought she was gonna be a no-show but then she messaged that she was running late. Turns out she rode her bike over an hour to come…

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…

It was beautiful

I saw three children riding bikes around the parking lot and knew I had found the right place. As I walked into the vast, unlit warehouse, the sun’s streams through the windows backlit dozens of people of all ages, and hundreds of bikes in various stages of repair. Every bike (and a helmet for each)…

Where to give bikes to girls

Looking for a great gift to help change the world this holiday season? Consider donating to these organizations that give bikes to girls around the world. When girls have bikes, they can get to school faster and more regularly with reduced incidence of sexual harassment, assault, and trafficking. Increased education for girls has a longterm,…

Schwinneola

This is me and Schwinneola. I bought her for $74 at Walmart on Old Country Road on Long Island so I could have a bike to ride around where I grew up (Mineola, NY), so I could live and write the epilogue to my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike. A lot happened inside…