I've never been a fan of driving - I didn't get my drivers' license until I was a senior in high school, nearly 18 years old. When my parents pressured me to get my license, I responded, "When I graduate, I'm moving to New York City, so I'm not going to need to know how to drive." Well, that didn't happen, but going to college in a city where I needed a car didn't make me love driving any better.
I'd love to give up my car and ride a bike all over town if it weren't for the three little ones that live with me. The fact is that as much as I keep drooling, a Madsen Bike is never going to be in the budget, and even if one was, I doubt I'd have the muscle power to haul my three boys up Raleigh's hills. If I lived somewhere flatter...
Although I have to concede that the family biking lifestyle won't work for my family, I'm still fascinated by others that are able to do it. For instance, this guest post by Abbie at New Urban Habitat about her family's decision to go car-free. Abbie has written many times at her own blog about the pros and cons of the car-free lifestyle, and her archives are worth taking a look at.
But I'm most especially fascinated with the Dutch bike culture. They don't even wear helmets, for heaven's sake! This video is absolutely amazing:
Are you a city bike rider? What tips do you have for me and other Green Phone Booth readers?