I mean it as a serious question. “How do people manage without bikes?” Take yesterday as a pretty typical day.
In the morning I went to a local primary school to take an assembly. The School car park is always overflowing and the nearby road always full. I wasn’t ready in time for a 15 minute fast walk there. I didn’t have time for a 15 minute walk home after. They have undercover bike parking just inside the gate. So a 3/4 mile ride each way is faster and more convenient than anything else.
Late morning I had a funeral followed by a thanksgiving service. I needed to do some preparation at the Church, where there is no parking. So a 1/2 mile cycle there carrying the stuff I needed is by far the most convenient. I left my bike in the back of the building while I got everything ready and then walked 100m down the road to get a lift with the local funeral director. At the end it had started to rain so my bike got me home faster than anything else (by car takes much longer due to traffic in the centre of town as you avoid the one way system. Oh plus I am home by bike by the time I would have walked to where I could have parked the car).
In the evening I had several errands. Delivering some paper to three locations, sorting out some cables for Sunday at Church, going shopping for some little bits and pieces. It was only 1.2 miles in total. But I could stop right outside each place which I could not have done by car. No hassles caused by traffic or parked up streets.
So a grand total of 3.5 miles which was around 20 minutes, faster and cheaper than a car. Much faster and less tiring than walking.
So I ask again. “How do people manage without bikes?”