Since our community is getting a new subway stop in 2014 (was supposed to here already, but that's another story), the theme was "Destination Reston." Our Homeowners Assn built a float with a metro car on it, pulled by one of the HOA trucks. In addition, we had pedestrians and 4.5 bicyclists. Craig was the "tourist" on his recumbent bike. Burton was the "businessman" commuting on his foldable bike. Amber and her daughter were the "parent and child" bike riders (her daughter on the tagalong being the .5)
and I was the "lady who shops." I used my older bike and filled the baskets with plastic bags for a (lightweight) base. On top of that I had a poinsettia plant, a loaf of bread, and a bottle (empty) of sparkling cider. On the other side I had a yoga mat and a stuffed dog. The kids loved the dog. I filled my front basket with bike maps that I gave away along the route. It was a lot of fun. Several women asked me where to get those baskets -- so I think the point was made! You CAN shop by bike!
Yes, we are OFFICIALLY a bronze level "Bicycle Friendly Community"