Building bridges

This is Andrea. She was a bike class student of mine in March, 2018. Her goal was to one day be able to commute to work by bike to State Farm’s global headquarters on the other side of a creek. That will now be possible as a bridge has been built and officially opened yesterday!…

PerSisters

Not since Shakespeare’s “Though she be little, she is fierce” have words struck home for me* as the line uttered in one of our hallowed halls of government (and which wasn’t originally intended as a compliment): “Nevertheless, she persisted.” And when I achieved something yesterday for which I had worked hard — had persisted — it…

Flooded paths

The paths our cities are building along waterways and through woods are lovely, and I ride them often and am grateful for them. However, they flood a lot, they are closed from dusk to dawn, and there is usually no safe alternative that meets NACTO guidelines. This has a disproportionately negative effect on women who…

Bike shorts

If you want to wear skirts and dresses while riding a bike (which I do), then wearing simple shorts underneath makes sense so you don’t need to worry about flashing the world. But that’s just the beginning of your freedom. Bike riding causes feel-good energy to surge through you, and you may therefore find yourself…

“Regular clothes”

There are those of us who like Traveling at the Speed of Bike as transportation to actually go places, and we’re big advocates of wearing “regular clothes.” However, if you ride often, you learn some quick truths*. Wide pant legs, for instance, get caught in chains. Certain necklines reveal your entire chest if you are…

4. Alabama

I didn’t roll my little Bike-O machine to pick the next state this time because I discovered Megabus goes from Atlanta to Birmingham and I want to try out its bikeshare there (plus tour some Civil Rights historic sites, which would be helpful in my job as a bike tour guide in Atlanta), so Alabama…

3. Texas

Deep in the heart of Texas there are some good things happening for women on bikes, and a lot of room for growth. The state ranks 25th in the USA by the League of American Bicyclists. It has ten certified Bicycle Friendly Communities but only one beyond the Bronze level (Austin, which is Gold). Throughout…

Free class for everyone

I changed my mind. Instead of offering a free online class to one woman in every U.S. state, I decided to give it to everyone (right in the comfort of your home). So, here goes — settle in with a snack and click the video above. It’s a 30-minute version of my proprietary two-hour “Pedal…