I moved from San Francisco area (Sonoma) to Copenhagen, Denmark, last year. In SF I never used public transport, there were only buses near where I lived and they were pretty sparse.
In Copenhagen I don't even own a car. I still live in the suburbs. There's a bus stop 3 minute walk from our house, or I can cycle 15 minutes to train station. While PT is a pain at times, it seems that there's nowhere here you cannot get to on it.
For kids and buying big stuff we've a cargo bike. For everything else, online shopping.