I think sometimes events in life occur for reasons that are at first not realized. This summer Christopher was involved in a crash while driving Carolynn's car. Result was not good - Matrix was totaled leaving us with only one vehicle to drive. Nearly two months and over 30 test drives later we still have not found a replacement. I am currently thinking "it was just meant to be".
With us being down to one vehicle I decided to give commuting another chance. I have been pleasantly surprised by the new bike lanes and signs up on my ride to work (down by UMKC). The rides in have been without incident for the most part. I do have a few close calls like the one this morning when a car failed to stop at a stop sign and just pulled out in front of me. If I would not have taken evasive action (jumping up on the sidewalk) they would have hit me. This at 5:30 am in the morning and I have several lights and plenty of reflective gear on. If they were looking they would have seen me which make me believe they had their eyes on something else besides the road.