Earlham's campus may be nestled on a large 200-acre expanse, but the majority of that land is taken up by woods and meadows. The majority of folks spend their time on only a few dozen of those acres. Scattered nicely around the Heart, nothing is more than a five-minute walk from anything else. Bikes still clutter main entrances, as they provide an extra quick way to bip about. To get around town, biking and driving are the most viable and popular options, though walking to nearby spots like LoBill's grocery store or the video rental place is very common. Public transportation supposedly exists, but most students don't know about it or don't care to deal with it. For weekends, a free shuttle runs from 6 p.m. to midnight from behind Runyan around town to various places. For $40, you can also catch an Earlham van ride to the Dayton airport on the days before and after breaks.
For the most part, students are really busy on campus, and some have even been known to forget that Richmond even exists. Richmond's deficiency in public transportation, therefore, doesn't end up mattering much to average Earlham students. If there's somewhere you need to go, you'll probably find your way there without too much of a problem, but if you're not going to have a car, it's a good idea to make friends with someone who does. Whatever bad things you can say about Richmond, though, at least there's never traffic.