Bears repeating

I first published this a year and a half ago. It bears repeating as things in our country seem to have gotten worse, and I see what I oppose very clearly now. This poem is called The ABC Quick Check for a Runaway World. The ABC Quick Check is a little pre-ride bike check that we League…

If you want to become a League Cycling Instructor

I’m wrapping up my “2020 Vision” this weekend. New vision board. First-quarter 2019 goals. Daily plan for the next set of small steps forward. If you are doing something similar and aspire to become a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor, you may enjoy my account of that process in a life (and a city/country)…

Opt outside

Opt Outside today, and sign up for a bike riding class in December.

Carpe diem

Hurray! My new League Cycling Instructor shirt arrived, and I like how it goes with the necklace I made with a coin I crushed on a train track while working on my latest short story, Pennies on the Tracks. And so, once, again, let’s go. Carpe diem. Seize the day. Claim your space. Take the…

Yes. Good. On we go.

This bikey thing is starting to really add up. My first year as a League Cycling Instructor, I was paid to teach seniors-on-trikes and an earn-a-bike class for youth-in-need (plus a few bike rodeos for kids). My second year, I donated these classes with proceeds from the sale of my latest book, Traveling at the…

Year 3: nervous, and ready

Here in the dark and quiet blank slate of a new week’s dawning, I hit the “submit” button and renewed my League of American Bicyclists membership and League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification (40 days and nights early, rather Biblically). I then pulled out my book and re-read pages 52 (pictured) and 53, specifically about that…

Continuing education

Just five months in to 2018 and I am excited to announce that I have fulfilled my League Cycling Instructor Continuing Education recertification requirements for 2018. This year, in addition to Pedal Power with Pattie classes (which is a 1.5-to–2-hour proprietary adaptation I created of the League of American Bicyclists’ nine-hour Smart Cycling curriculum), I’ve…

Hub of information

There’s a “hub” accessible only to League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) on the League of American Bicyclist’s website, and an LCI in Denver asked if anyone was making money from teaching. I shared how I was hired by a city to teach Seniors-on-Trikes (plus other classes). The city had purchased the trikes, so I showed up and taught….