I've been trying to get my wife into bicycle commuting. She works less than three miles from where we live and the roads between are lightly traveled. She didn't really grow up riding bikes so she has apprehension sharing roads. I've tried being firm, begging, incentives and everything. What worked was letting it be, because today she decided to ride. But, she wanted me to ride with her, for support.
I got so excited to leave that I forgot that I had put my seat-pack on her bike (cause I ride it for groceries.) So, about 500 yards after I headed back for home, I got a flat! Of course. So, in an effort to not make biking look like a hassle to my wife, I walked the almost three miles home, in the heat. I stopped at a cemetery on the way to get some water and shade. But, I made it. And if I can help it, she'll never know.