Motivations for commuting to work on a bicycle, eh? First of all, its an ecologically friendly mode of transportation (and there are far too many cars cramping our remaining vestigial quality of life, anyway). Second, as Lenin may or may not have actually remarked, "True socialism may never be achieved on anything but a bicycle" (you'll never find it behind the wheel of a monster SUV, certainly). Third (on a list that continues into the dozens...), it is a great way to maintain cardiovascular and muscle strength (OK, mainly lower body, but heck, nothing's perfect) between regular visits to the gym or work-out. In this last context, when combined with a daily three mile run after work and a 30 minute daily workout session focusing on upper body muscle groups, you are probably better covered against conventional health emergencies than you would be with the best (and most expensive) health insurance policy. I first developed an interest in bicycle commuting when I was in the Air Force, back in bad old Vietnam days. From there I took my mountain bike to Saudi Arabia, where I spent 10 years working on Saudi medical projects (it was the perfect vehicle for commuting to and from the hospital compound, but most importantly it allowed me to stay WAY away from crazy Abdullah, the local bus driver who was always just one hair-pin curve away from a quick trip to paradise). Now that I am back in California, I am fortunate enough to be able to ride the 5 miles daily distance to work on my bicycle, which is a truly happy circumstance. All told, the benefits of riding a bike as commuting transportation are enormous, in just about every way. The few drawbacks (such as encountering REALLY severe foul weather, and running afoul of some occasional motor-driven horse's arse) are tolerable and pale in significance, in my opinion. Furthermore, I feel it is important that at least SOME of us try to make a dent in the infernally-combusted death-grip that the oil manufacturing and automobile producing cartels have on Americans (and their ever-reduced quality of life). For some excellent iinsights into related subjects that may illuminate and enlighten you within these parameters of thought, visit the following URLs: http://www.adbusters.org http://www.carbusters.ecn.cz/Index.htm http://www.lanset.com/aeolusaero/aeolus_aerospace.htm
Be well, citizens!