As I peruse this forum it seems that many of you have no children. It seems this would make it a lot easier. You also live in major metro areas where there are options for transit other than cars. While I appreciate the thought behind the lifestyle there is no way I could ever do it. I live in an inhospitable climate and not near enough to decent public transit to make it worthwhile. Even if I was closer/in a better area, I am stuck with how to transport my children.
Those of you with children, how do you manage it? I have more than a pair of kids so this makes it challenging at best since I have more than the typical bike trailer load. While my oldest is big enough to ride himself it is just too much stress having him ride by himself and tow the other kids in a trailer while on roads with no bike paths.
The car-free lifestyle is just to impractical to adopt unless you have a very consistent schedule and pretty much go to the same places or at least within bicycle range. If I lived in NYC or Chicago it might work but here it just won't. I am not too keen on living in some giant metropolis and the attendant crime that usually is the bonus for living there. High population density is not my cup of tea/java but I would like to find a better way to take my kids along for the ride such as a bigger bike trailer. So for the moment I am living with a fuel-efficient car and drag the kids around on bike and trailer as much as possible.