After relocating, we downsized to one car (for a family of three). I bike to work, all year, and sort of consider myself to be semi-car free. My wife stays at home with our baby, and has the car-- although rarely uses it. We usually walk to buy groceries or to shop.
I am not much of an ideologue-- I bike because I love it (and have four of them). Gas costs $8 gallon, and there are all sorts of local toll roads, but I really don't feel much financial incentive to avoid using our car. Oddly, I dreaded the concept of downsizing to only one car, but the fear was worse than the pain. It really has been no big deal. Before, we had two cars-- and went through a tank of gas each week in each car. Now we are down to one tank once per month.
Am I kidding myself living in this half-car state of existence? In a marriage, with only one car, can either party claim to be living car free? Or does living car free as an individual extend to a family as well?
I don't really care one way or another--- and I have no interest in living completely car free as a family. Just wondering what other people think about the concept as it relates to a family.