I'm a transplanted Southerner who, after much deliberation, has decided to give up her car (as of next week) and attempt a car-free life in Chicago...a bit of a challenge, since I live in the City but work 20 miles north in Northbrook AND I've been driving since I was legal (completely different mindset). But, I'm in a situation now which is optimal for at least attempting a car-free existence.
I am glad to find resources, like this community, to learn, share information, and get new ideas/perspectives to manage better the new challenges I'll face.
I had a "practice run" today which didn't go so well...missed the train, had a flat tire, hot/humid day. But, I have the support and expertise of a great bike shop (Rapid Transit in Wicker Park), as well as a few bike commuting co-workers, and am ready to try again tomorrow.
Since I've recently moved to Chicago, I am not sure what to expect this Winter. Like the rest of this, it'll be part of the adventure.