Since I started cycling I've found that a bike represents the truest version of local freedom of movement. While a car is still quite useful for travelling longer distances and I'd never give up air travel, for local transportation nothing beats a bike around here.
I got slightly lost on the way home from dinner with friends tonight but I wasn't really all that concerned since I wasn't in a "bad" part of town and given the size of the city it wouldn't take me very long to figure out where I was. I ended up riding down a stretch of the Harborwalk after getting directions from the guard minding one of the corporate parking lots, seeing a bit of the city that I'd never really been to.
I was able to get from home to work to dinner and back home with minimal difficulties and having to backtrack on a bike is faster than on foot, less cumbersome than in a car, and less expensive than on public transit.
Does your bike represent freedom of movement to you and how so?