Well, It seems I'd be able to get a new hybrid bike! Awesome!
I was talking with my dad, who will be the purchaser, and I've done quite some research and stuff on everything like locks and security and bike safety and using roads and stuff. He said he wasn't actually concerned about the price (although a $1000 bike is out of the question), but he wants the bike to teach me responsibility, road safety, security, and to get some excercise (Typical parenting stuff), and I think that me bringing up the possibility of riding a few miles to some stores won him over.
So far, it looks like its going to be a Giant Cypress, its nothing quite fancy, being an entry level hybrid, anything at a LBS would be better than a Walmart bike, but hey, its a decent bike, I'll be able to go to the grocery store 2 mile away, and I am really happy about it, but yeah, i'm happy about this bike!