And it covers every area of life, not just your transportation mode. Studies in cognitive psychology show that thoughts cause emotions, rather than emotions causing thoughts. I have often observed that when I have positive thoughts going into an event or activity, my feelings will often be positive also.
If you view being carfree as an adventure, a challenge, and an opportunity, you are much more likely to stick with it and enjoy it.
"Think Outside the Cage"
I'll stick with the former. It's a choice.
It's all a matter of how you look at the world, not the way the world is.
Think outside the box. There are solutions for just about every situation you will find yourself in that you think must require a motor vehicle, but doesn't.
As a footnote, cycling amenity -- how someone feels when riding a bike through a particular area -- can vary immensely. A rider who is not confident in traffic will consider the location to have a low cycling amenity if they have to ride in peak-hour environments and no separated facilities exist. Others who are happy in heavier traffic and filtering through lanes may consider the location to have moderate cycling amenity.
So, checking out your area before committing to not owning a motor vehicle is essential. Scope the distances to shops and work, where the most favourable cycling routes are, how much traffic exists on those routes, whether there are alternative routes that don't add unnecessarily to trip times, and what alternative and convenient modes of transport exist. Planning is one of the talents a person develops in this sort of situation.
Also consider whether the bike you have is suitable for the task. A thin-tyred road bike with high gearing isn't going to be terribly good in hilly terrain with surfaces littered with glass or with rough trails. Mountain bikes are eminently suitable but need certain modifications to make them more suited to commuting. Touring bikes, for mine, are most suiitable.
Finally, don't think that bikes cost nothing to run. Tyres, depending on quality, can wear quite quickly and become damaged by road debris. The drivetrain also needs regular attention to maintain tune and longevity. It's advisable to have a back-up bike ready to roll should you be confronted with a flat tyre before leaving home on a commute.
Dream. Dare. Do.
Dream. Dare. Do.
That might sound like I feel a constant battle, that I have to constantly motivate myself to resist the weakening force of temptation. But that's not true at all. The temptation to engage in convenient solutions doesn't have a persistent presence. I hardly ever think, "boy, I wish I had a car because this is hard to manage". Nevertheless, it would be different if one were parked in my driveway all the time and I didn't use it. That would be hard. Especially when justifying that to family and friends. As it is, in the moment of a challenge I never think of a car because I don't have one. And when I can step back and take a broad outlook, I'm not motivated to get one because I remember that I'm stronger and happier without it.
I think I know exactly what you mean. When I've reached new levels of fitness I feel like I'm gliding on a magic carpet - effortlessly moving thru the world. No aches and pains, and light on my feet. Scaling multiple floors of stairs and just having fun like a little boy again. But then the best possible feeling is getting out on my bicycle in the pre-dawn hours and witnessing another pretty sunrise with a full day ahead of me.
Learn to prepare for, predict, and appreciate whatever interesting weather conditions your region might dish out!
If you have access to a working car, it's easy to give in and drive when the weather is particularly bad (whatever that means for you.) With the car gone, you'll still need to go places...and if you work outside the home, and don't have a bus stop right outside your place, this means learning to safely venture out in a number of different weather conditions.
Without proper prediction and preparation, some weather conditions that would be of little consequence while driving a car can range from uncomfortable to deadly. Extremes of heat and cold are easy; predicting and planning for extreme temperature drops and routing around dangerous things like tornadoes and storm cells can take a bit more thought. All the high-end outdoor gear in the world won't do a thing if you forget to bring it with you; it can also be rather miserable to learn that you're out of pet food on the coldest/hottest/wettest day of the year.
I find it troubling that car culture keeps people boxed indoors; we've lost the ability to travel freely, regardless of the conditions. With appropriate planning, being out in a blizzard or tropical storm or whatever can be the most amazing thing in the world!
"You don't need to be in good physical shape. You just need to put your mind to it." I seriously wish more people would understand that. I'm basically overweight 200lbs 5'11" but once I put my mind to it, I was able to ride a century on a flat-bar hybrid with platform pedals.
Two words: Big Dummy.
Once you can carry stuff effortlessly, anything is possible.
Weather.gov is your best friend. Find your local forecast and put that into your list of quick links on your browser. There's a box to get it on the upper left corner of the main page.
However, it might be possible to steer them in profession that doesn't require a car. You would have to be close the family since they well pressure her to get a car regardless.
Move somewhere warm
- 20% Actually ride in the rain and enjoy it
- 0% Ride in the rain and do not enjoy it (which is against the laws of physics, hence the zero.)
- 20% never ride in the rain and admit it
- 80% never ride in the rain but claim they do on internet forums
I actually fit in the first 20%. Or the 80%, who knows?
That makes your statistics incorrect.
Also, percentages (even made up ones) make any argument 67% more believable.