I run into a lot of resistance to my choice to be car free as of late. I am only 29 so I think there is a social stigma of me not owning a vehicle or stuggling to pay for bling that goes with it. I seem to get it from my fiance's family as well as strangers on the street.
My fiance's family classifies anyone who rides a bike as a primary means of transportation as low class, or white trash, or drug addicts. I know their minds wont change...after all they look at the car you drive and title of your job to be the two most important things in life...not whether you are healthy and happy. Typical of coastal Orange County. Even though I make decent money I should be driving a Cadillac SUV to show for it in their eyes.
My fiance thinks the more I ride, the better. I am tanner, in better shape, not stressed when I home from work from a stressful job, and more confident.
I have had strangers ask me if I have a DUI as to the reasoning behind riding a bike. One of the bus drivers on my local route thinks anyone under 50 that rides a bike does so because they are in trouble with the law (has warrants for arrest, DUI, illegal).
People seem to have their minds made up because of their previous experiences and I don't expect to change that...but I really wish I could do something to get the point across. I am about ready to carry a brochure with a spread sheet of my savings and health benefits. I was "car lite" long before I was car free and the savings I have acheived even in a short time has added up quickly.
What have others done to overcome this?