Year 4 as a League Cycling Instructor

So I’m about to kick off Year 4 as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) with the League of American Bicyclists, and I’m curious about what’s next on this strange and interesting journey upon which I tumbled unexpectedly. (Honestly, I was just eating chocolate chips at my computer at the bottom of a hill in suburbia…

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…

Bravo, Decatur

Traveling at the Speed of Bike in Decatur, Georgia, USA yesterday looked like this. Concrete-protected two-way bike lane in front of a high school. Separated side path. Pop-up planter-protected two-way bike lane. Not perfect, but wow. Game on, other small metro cities. (Note: It should be no surprise that I bought most of my holiday…

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…

Meet Danielle

Meet Danielle. She hadn’t really ridden a bike much since she was a kid, but with two children and a hubby who all like to ride, she decided it was time to get back on two wheels herself. She bought this nice seven-speed bike this week and came flying around the corner on it today…

New farmers market

A new farmers market is opening in the suburb-city where I live, in a public park where it wasn’t allowed years ago but rules have changed. It’s the same park (the largest one in the city) where my book was for sale recently at a festival. The most direct and flattest route takes eight minutes…

New greenway opening

This is Shacky. I took this photo for Day 143 of a photography project I did five years ago titled Around Atlanta in 180 Days, when my younger daughter first started going to school near this spot and I started riding my bike all over the damn place. Shacky was right next to an old gas…

Next free class

Here’s the certified-Bicycle-Friendly City of Decatur, Georgia’s lineup for National Bike Month, which starts next Tuesday. I’m teaching the May 5 class. It’s my “Pedal Power with Pattie” Basic Bike Skills Class for Women. It’s free. Only two spots open. Sign up here. See here for links to buy my book, Traveling at the Speed…