I got this from a message board where I like to spend some time. If you enter your street address at the top of the page, the site calculates a 'walk score' for your location. With the rising price of fuel, and everything else, walking is good in a lot of ways - it can save fuel, it's free exercise, and it helps you make healthier choices sometimes - unless you live next door to a grocery store, it decreases your desire to purchase lots of soda pop or ice cream. (One is too heavy to carry, the other one melts!)
Anyway, go here and see how your place rates.
On a scale of 1-100, 100 being fabulous, we got a 2. Mleh. I'm not surprised, because we live in a somewhat rural area, void of sidewalks or bike trails or any of that. I'm still trying to figure out if it's feasible to park at one store and walk to a couple others. It could work in the little town near us (maybe), but if I go into the city, things are fairly spread out.
Ultimately, our best bet is to consolidate as many errands together as we possibly can, and cut down on trips, even to the little town near us. One nice thing about having a garden and some hens is that we have several months in the Summer when we don't run out of eggs, lettuce, fresh vegetables, etc. I keep a halfway decent pantry too. So, the primary strategy here is simply to stay home more.
Tell me, how often do you go to town - not to work, because that's arbitrary - but how often to you hop in the car to go pick up groceries, run errands, all that? I think I'm going to track that for a few weeks, and see how often I go...compared to how often I think I go. Then, I'm going to see what I can do to cut down. I know I can do better.