Now here's an intriguing idea. Drop your car off at the garage, get free use of a bicycle until the car is ready. Under the circumstances I usually take my car in for work (drop off at lunch hour, pick up after work), a bike ride back and forth would beat cranky passengers and sardine can conditions on the bus. Theft would probably be the downfall of any such program.
Source: The Sunday Times Magazine, May 24, 1970 - JB