Welcome more fully to our shared public space (where women and girls are currently underrepresented). The “You Go, Girl” toolkit is designed with you in mind (just scroll on down if you want to get right into it). It is a work-in-progress. As are we :). Here’s advice from Helena, one of my Pedal Power with Pattie bike students:
I have created these proprietary assets pro bono as a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor (#5384), PeopleForBikes Ambassador, the first Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor, and the author of Traveling at the Speed of Bike (book and blog) .I’d love to hear about your journey if any of this is helpful (or perhaps even transformative!) for you.
If you are a city leader in the USA, see these two links below re: why you are leaving money on the table if your city is not welcoming for women on bikes, and what you can do about it right now, today:
I am continuing to build out global resources and will be profiling more global bicycle mayors throughout the second year of my term, plus adding links to resources my bicycle mayor colleagues have developed.
If you know of something particularly helpful to women and girls on bikes anywhere in the world, let me know!
Trust the journey,
LinkedIn: Pattie Baker
You go, girl. You got this.
You don’t need anyone’s permission.
Where to Get a Bike (and how to help other women and girls get one)
How to Ride a Bike (2 bike classes — “Balance and Pedal” and “Basic Bike Skills” — offered 4 convenient ways: TikTok, text, pdf, and in-person)
Seniors-on-Trikes Recommendations (especially helpful if your city is considering starting a class)
How to Load/Unload Your Bike on a Bus (don’t forget the wave at the end to the bus driver!):
Free Pedal Power Tips newsletter (just 7 issues, designed specifically to offer additional rubber-hits-the-road support for skills taught in my classes) — First issue now available! That issue is Metro Atlanta-specific in its references, but future issues will be more global in scope.
Additional Global Resources
Pedaleira Podcast — hosted by Patrícia Valverde, Bicycle Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil: radio show with news, interviews, and updates about cyclomobility
Ridesmart — tip sheets and videos from the League of American Bicyclists
Thank you for your support. 100% of proceeds from the sale of my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike, as well as my original-art Artsy Bike Face Mask, are used to help more women and girls ride bikes.
Also, there’s a bib! You can order it here. See an adorable baby modeling it here. (Reminder: Kids don’t wait. They grow up. You can’t “feel like a kid again” when you ride a bike for the rest of your life . . . if you didn’t ride a bike as a kid. The time for change is now.)