Tonight I developed a severe pain in my right knee. I don't know why, as I didn't do anything unusual to it, but it has made me think--what if I were to become physically incapable of cycling any more? I've just become car-free and was car-lite for a couple of years before; I agree with the environmental, social, economic, and ethical reasons to be car-free--but one must live, and if I can't get to work and other places I need to go on a bike, what alternative is there? It would be wonderful if we lived in a country that has good mass transit and everything were within walking distance, but we don't.
Before I became car-free my main reason for having a car was to take my father places where he needed to go (the doctor, the store, the VA hospital 50 miles away, etc.); although I loved him and was grieved by his death, I was glad that I could finally get rid of the car. But, even if my current knee pain is only temporary, what if disease, accident, or plain old anno domini make me incapable of cycling any more?