Never looked back really..
I've had cars on and off throughout my life, generally getting shot of them through 'sheer can't be arsedness' really..
Once you get out of the daft habit you realise that life is so much easier without one..
When I met Mrs Yunki she was horrified, and I think she truly believed that it was some kind of mental deficiency or a sign of immaturity..
So she's always maintained one (oh, how I've enjoyed throwing all that wonga down the drain.. thousands and thousands.. maybe tens of thousands) and now for the first time we actually need a vehicle as we need to make deliveries for her work..
To be honest, I suppose it depends on your geographical circumstances, but for us it's a good compromise.. Family holidays, visiting rellies and trips to the tip would be a bit of a trauma otherwise, But everything else I now do by bike, you just have to adjust your horizons..
I can reach everywhere in the town that we live in, and the nearest city, the beach and the countryside by bike (with kids on board) and we have a good rail link within 5 minutes..
I'm a stay at home dad too so technically I need the car to a much greater extent than a commuter would, but it's actually a bit of a treat to slog across town with half a metric ton of squawking human cargo twice a day.. very good for the leggies
Running errands and doing the school run has never felt so good..
The downside, if you can call it that, is that I'm the only **** doing it round here, so amongst a certain sector of the local community, I'm the wally with the trailer that holds up traffic occasionally.. But I generally get a very positive response (especially in these austere times) with most folk who have an opinion being envious..
My kids will grow out of it soon, and perhaps will start to dislike the uniqueness.. but that's a way off yet and they'll be riding their own bikes soon enough