It is well known that technologies or capabilities that used to exist can often be forgotten by a society. For example, most member of the First World would not have the wherewithal to survive a typical MidWest pioneer's lifestyle of, say, 150 years ago.
Likewise, capabilities that *could* exist... like using the bicycle for transportation... is a skillset that doesn't come to mind easily for most First World residents. That's odd... because you hear so many environmentalists assume that we have to replace the automobile with a new, more technologically savvy vehicle to survive Peak Oil/climate change/urban clutter. It's like they just don't get it or the knowledge has somehow been lost. It's like they just don't see that this technology already exists!!!
That's why resources like this subforum are so valuable at this time, as we discuss alternatives to gas guzzling vehicles. Much of the know-how to use the bicycle through summer and winter transportation is kept here.... almost like the ancient Irish monks held on to the literature of Europe during the Dark Ages.
Do you think the carfree lifestyle will ever be widely accepted? Or has society degenerated to the point where viable, healthy solutions like cycling will never work for the masses?