I have been car free since 8/5/2013. I needed to do something to lose weight and get healthy. I tried everything in the past including gyms and diets, I always really enjoyed riding bikes but never rode for any reason other than fun. I bought a touring bike and have been hooked ever since. I sold my pickup and have been car free since August 5th. I have ridden over 2000 miles since then and lost almost 30 pounds. I knew the only way I would stick with it would be to force myself to ride by having no other option (selling the pickup). It turns out I love it and can't imagine going back. I commute a little over 40 miles round trip everyday and I will admit it isn't always easy especially on the mornings when it's pouring down rain. I have invested in good rain gear so it's not to bad.
I have experienced so much more than physical health benefits. My mind is sharper my memory seems better and I am generally just enjoying life more. I notice so much more when I am on my bike, I can smell the Blackberries when they are ripe and the hay when it's cut. The views are amazing and the time spent just thinking has really taught me a lot about who I am and who I desire to be.
I recently purchased a used Burley Nomad trailer to help with grocery getting challenges and other bulky items. It's great to see this thread and that I am not the only "freak" that has decided to go carless in this day and age. My hat is off to all of you that have made this life choice I understand the challenges involved but for me that is half the fun, everyday is a new potential adventure whether that be finding a good place to fix a flat or finding a new route to get home.