I ride mainly in the Valley. I work in West Hills and live in Van Nuys. So I commute. I also ride for errands on the weekend. My main route is the Orange Line bike path, it's a few miles out of my way, but the safety and serenity is well worth the extra few miles
I used to drive an ancient SUV (that I had for a year), but decided to sell it when gas hit $3.40. Used the chump change I got for it to buy a better bike.
And I don't regret it one bit!