Free seniors-on-trikes resource

Seniors. On trikes. It’s the future, I’m telling you. After a year co-teaching a class called Silver Spokes for the City of Decatur, GA (a certified Bronze-level Bike Friendly Community), I am templating my recommendations (to include the vision and experience of the founder of this class, Tracie Sanchez, as well) for scalability to organizations…

Big ideas: trike share and chair share

Big idea #1: Adult trikes added to bikeshares all over the USA. Seniors, in particular, who used to ride bikes but may now be uncomfortable on a two-wheeler, love adult trikes and should be able to participate more fully in our cities’ expanding bike infrastructure. Also, the trikes with a basket in the back are great…

Octogenarians bowling

I got the opportunity to go to the bowling alley where my friend and I used to ride our bikes frequently when we were around twelve (when we weren’t busy eating crinkle fries while ice skating in the winter or sneaking into the outdoor pool display at Korvettes in the summer). The Friday Hopefuls senior…

Bless America

While Traveling at the Speed of Bike in the place where I grew up, I stopped at the local Village Hall (note: no bike rack) and wandered into the room where the Tuesday/Thursday Old Timers Club was meeting just in time for the singing of God Bless America. The white-haired clarinetist (not pictured) did a…

Biketober!

In honor of Biketober, I have some special offers and opportunities! (1) Traveling at the Speed of Bike: This quick-read book is yours for the unheard of price of just 99 cents for the first week of October! (Warning: it may move you in ways you don’t expect.) (2) Atlanta Bike Challenge: I’m championing a team…

Connecting Dot

Dot, one of our Silver Spokes seniors-on-trikes students, had her fourth class yesterday and has now mastered most of the League of American Bicyclist’s Smart Cycling skills on two comfortable routes around the City of Decatur, GA — one that’s two miles; one that’s three miles — that she can do when she gets her…

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…

Seniors-on-trikes

Seniors-on-trikes is starting up again this week, now that the summer heat has started to break here in Atlanta, GA. This is a fun class, and you learn a lot. (I tell a few stories about it in my book.) Plus, almost everything we teach is transferable to two-wheels as well as part of the…