Boston, by bike

Yes, I found the bike lanes and bridges and community gardens. Yes, I found the art and the edges. Yes, I have answers, and even more questions, after Traveling at the Speed of Bike on bikeshare (yet again) in Boston. And, by the way, the City of Boston offers two different bike classes for women, led…

New bridges

I am helping my octogenarian mom a lot lately. We are crossing some new bridges in life. I am grateful there is a greenway not far from her home, and a bikeshare station (which is free to join, and the bikes are free to use for up to three hours), since I don’t always have…

Love/hate relationship

So the whole dockless bikes/e-scooters/mopeds* thing is heating up rapidly on the streets and sidewalks of Atlanta. Companies that have descended upon our formerly-car-centric city in just the last month or two include Bird, Lime, Ofo, and Muving USA. Competition is fierce. Laws are being broken constantly, such as this Ofo dockless bikeshare worker who parked…

Meet Lerin

This is Lerin. She was my student today. Lerin never learned how to ride a bike while growing up in New Orleans.  She took a True Beginners class offered by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition a couple of years ago and has been pedaling around in parks ever since. She wants to grow her skills, however,…

New Bicycle Friendly Communities

As I was zipping down the 2-way mostly* protected bike lane (cycle track) on the south side of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park yesterday on Relay Bikeshare, I did not know that the good news was about to be announced — the City of Atlanta has finally earned official Bicycle Friendly Community certification from the League of…

Summer classes announced

I’ve announced my free “Pedal Power with Pattie” classes for the summer. I’ve chosen to only offer classes that have easy access to bikeshare. One of the upcoming classes is in a metro-Atlanta city named Alpharetta, and the other three are in the City of Atlanta just 15 minutes away via train from where I…

Meet Juliet

This is Juliet. She signed up for one of my small-group classes (which require students to already be able to pedal on a bike) but then emailed me to tell me she had no skills and could not ride a bike at all. I wrote back that I wanted to give her a private class…

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…