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….

1 of the USA’s newest cities turns 9 today

Today is the ninth anniversary of the first day of operations for one of the newest cities in the USA — the City of Dunwoody, Georgia, which is an easy 15-minute transit ride from the City of Atlanta and is where I have lived for more than 20 years. Having a front-row seat to witness…

Opt outside

I join thousands of fellow Americans as we #OptOutside (as encouraged by the sporting goods co-op, REI, of which I am a member) on this “Black Friday” (and most other days, too). What I’d really like to explore is joining REI’s Outdoor School staff to teach bike classes, however. I’m one of two certified League…

Reflecting

I catch my reflection in the mirror at the Woodruff Arts Center and smile, mostly to myself, while taking a selfie. I had taken the same photo almost a year ago to the day, when I had just earned my League Cycling Instructor certification. Then, I had been nervous. I am not nervous now. I…