Tip #4: Have lots of good friends.
The truth is that you are going to be an oddball, a very cool, hip and fit oddball but an oddball nonetheless, and if you don't live in a relatively hip place where people will come down to you to hang out, you're going too have to rely on the kindness of your friends to pick you up for social events. They may not pick you up at your house or work, but they will generally meet you half way at a mass transit stop.
The key to make this work is attitude, remember that you are not just getting a ride from a bus driver you are getting quality time. It is a great way to get to know your friends better. Be sure to show your thanks by covering the first round or fresh baked goods.