- Financial Freedom. Biking to work allows our family to save money. We've only had one car since early 2009. We "upgraded" to a slightly larger/newer car (ie minivan) in 2010 - and paid cash. My bike cost money, yes - but a bike is cheap compared to a car payment!
- Health. I get paid to sit at a desk all day (except when I go to meetings - then I'm paid to sit at a table). Without some form of exercise, I would turn into a baked good. Biking is easy because it doesn't take that much time out of my day - my commute biking is about 20 minutes whereas my commute driving is about 10 minutes, so I get 40 minutes for the price of 20.
- Productivity/Creativity. Days that I bike are often more productive and/or creative days at work. Endorphins win over coffee. I still have coffee... but I don't need it quite as badly!
- Biking simply feels good. My 20-minute commute is a good wake-up in the morning and helps me de-compress in the afternoon. My family notices a difference in my mood when I bike - I'm much happier coming through the door than when I drive. I get time to think about things, but also some time to just be outside and enjoy it.
(Note to my wife: Yes, you can remind me of this post when I'm feeling lazy in the morning. I won't appreciate it then, but I'll appreciate it later!)