As the title says, I COULD live without a car for a year. I have been living this way for years. 😛
In a big city as the one I grew up in, using public transport was more than enough. It is cheap (for students the fare for 70 mins is 25 cents! For “non-students”, 50 cents!), and 90% of the time reliable.
Why use the car? It pollutes the environment, it creates more traffic -> CO2 + stress -> noise pollution.
Are we humans so lazy? At the current city that I live now, many many people take the bicycle. I think that’s wonderful! It has no effect on the environment, they are exercising a little every day, and just being out in the nature gives you a sunnier disposition. (That is, if it’s not raining or snowing 😛 )
The only reason I would want a car is to go for a trip further away, but even then, in a developed country they should have buses even for other cities/towns/villages.
I encourage more people to leave their car and either car pool, take a bicycle, walk, take the public transport. Many days we feel like we don’t even want to walk 5-10 mins to the supermarket. I understand that. But we should realize the effects of using the car every day, for every little errand.
Small steps can make a big difference.