I just read this article in the Register about this family of four in Santa Ana who gave up their car and starting taking public transportation and peddle power. At first, I was shocked by this article. Americans giving up their cars for bikes? OC people giving up their SUV and taking public trans? WTH? This has got to be a gimmick. But then the more I thought about it, the more disappointed I am with myself. I like riding my bike, and my bike is perfect for commuting. But for some reason, I'll hop in the truck to run the simplest of errands. I also don't work that far from home. Riding my bike would only increase my commute from 15 mins to 22 mins.
The only thing that I have to criticize the family about is their lack of head protection. Wear a helmet man! I hate helmets as much as the next guy, but I hate paralysis even more.