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…

Multiuse paths for “commuters”

Here’s what it looks like to “commute” on busy Ashford Dunwoody Road in the self-proclaimed “family friendly” metro-Atlanta suburb-city of Dunwoody, Georgia. Please note (and expand your definition if you haven’t already done so) that “commuting” includes: * riding to/from an office building for a corporate employee; * riding to/from meetings for a sales person…

Less than .2%

You have probably read the statistics about the sharp decline in children walking and riding bikes to school. You may not really realize how dramatic it has been until you see the empty bike racks. In the suburb-city where I live, it would have taken 65 students riding their bikes to school today (which was…

Meet Molly

Meet Molly. She was my final free local Pedal Power with Pattie student (I’m hoping to go nationwide next). She runs an annual bike ride to raise awareness of addiction in memory of her son, Patrick, who died of an opioid overdose. In addition to the ride, called Pedal for P Man, the organization works with…

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…