Off the Wall

The rain pelted my living room window last night as the flames in the fireplace danced in the near distance. Wrapped in a blanket I had knitted as part of my first memoir, Bucket List, I curled up with photographer Sheila Pree Bright’s stunning book 1960 Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives…

Safer than suburbia

The six-minute video above shows the same length of time it would take me to ride to the supermarket in suburbia. But Edgewood Avenue in the City of Atlanta, even with all these obstacles (on the night before the Super Bowl when I was commuting home after leading a bike tour), is safer. Nothing in…

Dream job

At some point (probably many) while I’m leading a tour with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta (now launching in a bigger way as Amazing Atlanta Tours), you may see me smiling broadly while rambling down the Beltline, through eclectic neighborhoods, or past the ever-growing bounty of murals I love so much. That’s because two words keep…

A small hand in the Super Bowl

Yesterday I had a very small hand in the significant series of murals currently being painted with support by the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee, the City of Atlanta, and the WonderRoot arts organization — and you can, too! Simply sign up for volunteer opportunities here. I signed up for two hours for the mural being…

Hey, there!

Robyn Elliott, the astounding owner of Bicycle Tours of Atlanta (the #1 Outdoor Activity in Atlanta, according to Trip Advisor), took this photo of me last week when we were Traveling at the Speed of Bike together. And now, hey, there I am, on the About Us page of her company’s website! I’ve been rolling…

My commute to work

So I usually: pack my bike in the trunk and drive my car four relatively flat miles to the train station (because my suburb-city does not support true safe access-for-all and I don’t always want to take the risks required to ride my bike here), take the train (on which I can bring my bike…

Free Art Friday

Free Art Friday is a thing in many cities. Artists leave their art out in public for others to find and keep, and they communicate clues about the whereabouts via photos on social media. The first person to find each piece “claims” it by posting a photo of it on Instagram, tagged with the artist’s…

Next stop, Atlantic Station

I hopped on the train just four miles from my home in the area of the largest concentration of Fortune 500 company headquarters in the southeastern United States, and got off less than fifteen minutes later at a more dense mixed-use (retail/residential/entertainment) area in Midtown, Atlanta. A mere three-quarters-of-a-mile ride on Atlanta’s Relay Bikeshare bike…