In April I took a challenge to do "30 Days of Biking" - something I found on Twitter. So I did it. I did it every day. Some days it was 30 miles, some days 2 miles, but because I had made the commitment, I got out the bike every day. The car has been driven less than 10 miles in the last 6 weeks because all the miles went onto the bike. The biking was mostly to and from work, so it was no big deal really.
I put a "wanted" in the Los Angeles Freecycle (a Yahoo group) saying that I was looking for a bicycle trailer for my dog, and someone has offered their child carrier made by Instep. The details haven't been worked out yet, but it's over in the Pasadena area, so I'd have to drive over and pick it up. It gives me hope that I can think about doing the L.A. River Ride if I can take the dog with me and be gone all day. So, if I can get her used to it a little, perhaps it will work.
Oh, and there's one more thing I want to say about CicLAvia - that I had wanted a ride on free flowing, open streets, but the bicycle congestion was terrible, worse than rush hour traffic on the freeways. So the city needs to truly recognize the greater need for open streets, and the organizers of the event may want to have more than one route on that day so that a single route doesn't get over-whelmed. If I want to sit in traffic, I'll drive a car, and that's sort of not the point of being on a bike.