We are at #3 of Brent Toderian's resolutions for the city and it's a biggie!
"Choose different ways to get around your city. Walk, bike, skateboard, scooter, take public transit, as many times a week as you can. Focus especially on those short trips–for example, buy a shopping trolley and walk to the grocery store if possible. Lobby your leaders for improvements to support more choices, like better infrastructure and slower speed limits."
These suggestions fall under "active transportation" and it's an area of which I am very passionate. I believe that great cities need to be walkable and accessible. Although I have long believed a multi-modal city is a great city, I became more convinced of this the more I utilized a variety of types of transportation. Whether I was riding the bus, or my bike, driving, or walking, each method of moving through the city provided me with a different way to experience my city. I definitely agree with Brent's encouragement to get out there and try other transportation options.
I also think it's great advice to simply start with those short trips right in your neighbourhood. That's how I started and I slowly increased the distance that I would travel and eventually added other ways to get around. I do still use a car, but much less than ever before. And somewhat ironically perhaps, the less I rely on my car and more on active transportation, the more the city is opened up for me. #365ofgoodWR