Newest city in USA turns 10

And so it was, ten years ago this week, that citizens of the metro-Atlanta area where I live checked “yes” to form what was then the newest city in the United States. I honestly believed the words to the song, “We can build a beautiful city, yes we can, yes, we can.” In fact, I…

Wait, what?

Wait, what? Elegant, indie coffee/wine cafe AND a monthly book reading less than a mile from my home? Last night was my first time going to the monthly event, called A Novel Idea, and it’s now going to be my monthly habit — different theme every month! And the bike ride home was all downhill….

Alpharetta

Unbeknownst to me, my 82-year-old mom purchased and generously donated a copy of my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike to her local library in the booming metro-Atlanta suburb-city of Alpharetta, Georgia. I believe the intention was to make it available for her fellow citizens as that city is embarking on an ambitious bike-friendly network…

A gift to your future self

This is a senior riding a bike in the suburb-city where I live, on a main road that is one of the flattest and most direct to many places but which has either too-narrow unprotected bike lanes or none at all (on a road with a posted speed limit of 35 mph that is commonly…

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…

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…

Just some paint, and a guy named Joe

There’s not much to it — just some white paint. But it made me feel significantly safer as I was riding uphill on a road with speeding drivers in my suburb-city; and it made my bike ride better because I could relax a bit and maybe even sing Queen’s I Want to Ride My Bicycle…

2018 classes

I am honored to donate free “Pedal Power with Pattie” Basic Bike Skills Class in the following metro-Atlanta cities on the following dates. Click for details and to register. See links to updates from classes that have already happened. (Additionally, I donated private classes to numerous students, including Ella,  Juliet and Aimee, who learned how…