horizon wrote:There's an idea that keeps slipping away in this thread. And that is that not owning a car is beneficial. No matter how much people say they need it, no matter how much people say that they are jobless without it, no matter how much people say that they couldn't get to hospital or see their grandchildren without one, no matter that there are certain journeys that would be impossible to make without car, the fact remains that not owning car might be a liberating, practical, economical and thoroughly life enhancing course of action.
But most people would need an aweful lot of convincing in the carcentric society we live in,if this society made a conscious decision to "go bike" it could persuade a lot more people to cycle.However we we are where we are until people are persuaded,it will need a lot more effort than in NL.
The OP has jumped first. I think more of us should seriously consider it, not for the sake of others (though that is important enough) but for our own happiness and well being.
What suits (or makes happy) the OP won't suit(or make happy)everyone,one type of transport doesn't fit all.