My wife and I have a sixteen-yr-old living at home and we are car-free for the most part. Our car is wrecked but still drivable.
We are, however, buying an old beater small car from a friend sometime next week for our son to learn how to drive. I don't want to force the car-free lifestyle on him and I think maybe he should still learn how to drive. I will use the car for errands if I absolutely have to if cycling isn't an option. This car is an automatic whereas our wrecked car is a stick shift which he doesn't want to drive, anyway.
I'm not exactly sure what he thinks about car-free since we really haven't discussed that concept with him. We live in the city so we don't really need a car but he goes to a Catholic high school in the upper-middle-class 'burbs so I'm sure his friends will all have cars and drive.
I'm wondering with all the awareness these days of high gas prices, Peak Oil, Global Warming, Urban Sprawl, Air Pollution etc. if having a car is still "cool" and the car culture is still alive and well among today's teens? Are they receptive to it?