New Bicycle Friendly Communities

As I was zipping down the 2-way mostly* protected bike lane (cycle track) on the south side of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park yesterday on Relay Bikeshare, I did not know that the good news was about to be announced — the City of Atlanta has finally earned official Bicycle Friendly Community certification from the League of…

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….

2020 vision for self-driving cars — now

Let’s say you just buried another friend from cancer, diabetes, or heart disease, and you’ve decided, that’s it, you’re gonna make small changes to take a little better care of yourself and maybe feel a little happier, too, as you’ve been feeling the weight of the world lately. You’re a retired senior who lives in…

New student today

I always get excited when I have a new student for my “Pedal Power with Pattie” classes, and today is no exception. I love love love helping women get back on bikes (or ride for the first time ever, as was the case with my last student, who is now whipping around a park on…

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…

Beautiful moments

Beautiful moments like these happen when you empower seniors to get back on bikes (in this case, trikes). Here is our latest Silver Spokes* student during her third weekly lesson, connecting with a young mom pushing a stroller on a public path. She also got to wave to a police officer while confidently following rules…