Today, however, we were condemned to visit the mall, as Gina's iPhone had met an untimely demise, and she needed to replace it in time for an important conference call.
Her sister, calling on the land line, fretted about the traffic and parking woes we would face, but she didn't know our little secret: bicycles, and a pleasant, nearly traffic-free route, mostly through an old but still progressive "Radiant City" type development between us and the mall that houses the Apple store.
Here's a little photo sequence showing you the highlights of our "daunting" expedition:
Our street, looking north
Gina swooping through the roundabout in Park La brea
Taking it easy in the bike lane
Back to public streets
Approaching the giant parking garage
Which includes an extensive bike corral!
Of course, we did encounter traffic in the end--but at least it was pedestrian traffic....