I am not car free, far from it, but I'd love it if I was. I bike/train to work, and use a bike as much as I can, and am trying to teach my family to think of the bike as Plan A, and the car as Plan B. But it is very difficult. So, what do you think of this scenario:
My daughter, age 8, has soccer practice from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on weekdays. The practice is barely over three miles from home, but almost that whole distance is on a state highway, one busy lane each way. There are sidewalks, but they are good for walking but not set up for biking. There is no shoulder to speak of. There is one interstate bridge with a complete cloverleaf; two on-ramps and two off-ramps in each direction. There is no bike lane --this is New Jersey, after all.
6:00, is the tail end of rush hour. 7:30 is sunset now, and will be twilight in another month. I have excellent lights on my bike, and pretty good ones --well, unusually good for a kid's bike, that is-- on hers. In fact I like to ride at night; but this isn't night.
There are possible detours, which would add one or two miles to the total and get us off the highway for about one mile... but it would involve more than a mile of roads that are not really that much better.
So, I'm thinking: car!
What do you think?