What kind of bike do you find most conducive to being car free/light?
My primary bike is a Dutch Gazelle Populair.
Being a heavy duty bike with IGH, chaincase, rollerbrakes, stainless wheels hardware and fittings, and marathon plus tires makes it as close to maintenance free as possible, basically all it needs other than maintaining tire pressure is an annual once over.
The rear rack, and front frame mounted rack are capable of carrying a persons weight as Dutch bikes are renowned for. Dyno lights assure I will never be without light front and rear. I also use battery lights on both ends for their flashing function and as a high beam when needed.
Due to the riding position, full fenders, chaincase, coat guard, Ergon grips and pedals, and mattress saddle I can wear whatever type of clothes I desire without issue. Having a rear wheel stand and frame mounted wheel lock that accepts a plug in tether chain means I have a wide range of parking and security options.
Although its a heavy bike, having a 8 gear IGH geared fairly low means I can go most places including a mile long 15% grade on my commute home. Come tax time, I plan on installing a Schlumpf mountain drive crankset that will give me a range of 13 to 120 gear inches, that way I will be able to Get up the worst hills in Seattle.