There are a few reasons why I haven't completely gotten rid of my car...late night trips through sketchy neighborhoods, the lack of ZipCars near me, the expectation that I will drive out to the mountains to go camping frequently (not true, recently). The final reason for keeping my car is transporting my 100-pound Rottie and his giant bags of dog food.
No, I did not carry the big dog on my bicycle. It wouldn't even be possible; he would need to ride in a trailer or bakfiets-box. But I did go to the pet store and get the medium size bag of dog food (15 pounds) plus a couple of large tubs of treats and supplements. And it was no problem at all. The Takara handled it like a champ, although I felt a little top-heavy at times.
I was also intrigued to discover that Glenwood is evolving into a major bicycle commuter corridor. Several dead-ends and detours were added to Glenwood when I-20 went in, to prevent motorized traffic from bypassing the freeway on it. So there I was, making the tricky crossing at Boulevard, where you enter the middle of a signalized intersection from an unsignalized road next to a freeway exit, and dodge some bollards to access a short path which leads back to another section of Glenwood Ave. And all of these practical-looking cyclists were heading the other way, presumably heading home from work. I wonder if something could be done to make Glenwood a more user-friendly bicycle boulevard?