I went abroad for a semester to London and bought a second hand bike upon arrival (which I am currently having difficulty selling...anyone want to buy a bike in central London?) and have remained car free since January! I even only rode in a taxi three times (once when I incredibly late for a show and had absolutely no idea where I was at night, and twice when I threw my back out and couldn't walk or stand up straight) Obviously it's a bit easier in London than in LA (at least for me), but I'm very proud of myself! I only took the tube once or twice a week, and otherwise I walked everywhere and biked to and from class, sometimes multiple times a day.
I'm heading home in a few weeks back to Los Angeles, and I'm excited to fix up my mom's old Schwinn and try to bike everywhere like I did here. I biked before London - that bike was sadly stolen -but mostly for fun and just to the grocery store, and I drove alot. This semester is the first time I can say that a bike was my primary form of transportation. This post is mostly just to celebrate my first go at it, and to ask if anyone here is car free in Los Angeles? I'm having a bit of trouble when I try to plan trips from the suburbs in Valencia (near Six Flags) to Hollywood and Pasadena and things...I really would like to stay out of my car and off of the 5, but it just really far for me to bike right now.