For some time now I have been wanting to be car free again - why you ask ?. Well to tell the truth there are so many reasons why people decide not to have cars or to give up their car and only rely on walking , public transport or cycling. In reality cycling is by far the best option as you can choose when and were you want to go and do not have to rely on a local bus schedule which in winter where I live is very unreliable to say the least. If you have the appropriate bicycle you can indeed ride all year even in winter if you also have good waterproof clothing . On my daily 8km commute into the center of Niigata city I often pass a line of 40 plus cars stuck in a traffic jam , most likely they are saying look at that silly bugger riding in the snow when its - 2 deg . But as I am cycling I am warm and I will get to my destination before them taking some side streets and when I do arrive at work I do not have to pay for parking plus I am keeping fit at the same time. In my personal view a real cyclist is someone who uses their bicycle daily , no matter what time of the year in snow , rain or shine. So last Sunday I sold my small Suzuki Every van to a workmate and am now car free again. If you really want to save money get rid of your car and cycle everyday - it is possible so why not give it a go !