Seat and pedals, handlebars, handlebars

I came upon this cute scene while Traveling at the Speed of Bike today and was reminded of the version of that Mommy-and-Me classic Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes that I made up to teach our Earn-a-Bike students last year, as well as to the little boy who came with his nanny to my…

Summer classes announced

I’ve announced my free “Pedal Power with Pattie” classes for the summer. I’ve chosen to only offer classes that have easy access to bikeshare. One of the upcoming classes is in a metro-Atlanta city named Alpharetta, and the other three are in the City of Atlanta just 15 minutes away via train from where I…

Meet Christina

When I offered to teach a Bike AT Work Day class for women at noon on Bike TO Work Day, and “Kip the Concierge Extraordinaire from Colony Square” (a Midtown Atlanta live/work/play development two blocks from Piedmont Park) offered to promote it, I imagined office workers taking a lunchtime break to learn a few bike skills around the…

This is Mansi

Meet Mansi. She was teaching herself to ride a bike when I came flying around a corner on a trail in my local public park as part of what turned out to be a 21-mile ride for me (during which I didn’t see one other woman on bike). She told me she’d like to ride…

Meet Danielle

Meet Danielle. She hadn’t really ridden a bike much since she was a kid, but with two children and a hubby who all like to ride, she decided it was time to get back on two wheels herself. She bought this nice seven-speed bike this week and came flying around the corner on it today…

New farmers market

A new farmers market is opening in the suburb-city where I live, in a public park where it wasn’t allowed years ago but rules have changed. It’s the same park (the largest one in the city) where my book was for sale recently at a festival. The most direct and flattest route takes eight minutes…

Meet Aimee

Meet Aimee. She is a married mom of two children who lives in the City of Atlanta. She found me on the Internet and emailed me to ask if I would teach her how to ride a bike. She said she never learned and was absolutely terrified but wanted to ride with her husband and…