Just imagine that you lived in a land with a lot of ice and snow, with temps down to -5F in the nights? You don't have an inclination to ride your bike, so how would you get to work, shopping, movies?
Would you take the bus?
Most people around my town tell me how rotten the bus service is. And I kind of agree... except that most people who tell me this have never set foot on a bus.
As it happens, the service is not stellar. There are 3 buses a day going in the direction of my work and 3 buses returning. Fortunately, a couple of them suit me just find and the service is mostly on-time. I have had to wait up to 10 minutes at a bus stop in 10F weather, but I now get around that problem by walking to the next stop (walking is much better than standing still, of course, in such temps.)
Although I did have to wait 40 minutes in a snow storm once. (Tip: bring a backpack with extra clothes...especially wool socks and maybe even tights... frostbite hurts!)
What's your bus service like? Does it work for you?