I'm curious how many of the car-free crowd participate in cycling events such as races, centuries, charity rides, randonneuring, etc.
If you do, how does that fit with your car-free lifestyle?
When I lived in Winnipeg, I was car-free for 5.5 years. During the summers of 1999 and 2000, I raced and rode in the the local annual century. Some races were close enough for me to ride to the start, but some started too far away to ride, especially if I wanted to get there in time, with some energy left. In order to get to the races that were far away, I had to carpool ... which was OK some of the time, but inconvenient other times, and ended up being one of the reasons why I stopped racing.
During the summers of 2001 - 2004, I participated in Randonneuring events. Not only did I have to carpool to the start of many of those events (which was inconvenient) or rent a car (which was more expensive, but more convenient), but I also had to deal with fatigue.
The day after a 400K or 600K brevet, the last thing I wanted to do was to commute to work by bicycle ... so I took the bus, and fortunately the bus service in Winnipeg was pretty good.
I found that getting groceries, re-furnishing my house, going to the Dr., getting to work, etc. etc. were easy compared with the hassles of getting to cycling events ... which is ironic in a way ... you want to cycle as a part of a car-free lifestyle, and you want to use that cycling as training for cycling events, but when it comes time to do the events, you've got to employ a car!
So, I'm wondering how you've dealt with transportation issues for your cycling events?