- You have a short commute
- You don't want to pay for parking
- You want the exercise
- You have a "green" mentality and pocket-mulching is so yesterday
- Your employer has one or more incentives to encourage you
- You just love lycra that much
- Training for a larger bike ride (STP, Big Ride, RAMROD)
- Price of Gas
- Lack of car
- Dislike of bus or other public transportation
So what motivates me? I'll tell you since you asked. There are several reasons.
- Adobe provides me with a lot of incentives. First I have a secure bike cage in our parking garage to park at. Second, we have lockers and showers available. Third, they pay me to ride my bike. Yes, that is true. I can get $30 a month in REI coupons just for riding my bike 50% of the month. I've ridden before to work for employers that did none of these three things, so this was like winning the lottery.
- I do believe I think "green." Born out of my desire to not pay parking costs while in college I started riding my bike and backing up my borderline Hippie attitude to life. It's carried forward, even if we do own a SVU now. Some hippie huh?
- Exercise. After going through my MBA in 18 months and having little time to exercise the 15 pounds I put on are enough to remind to stay active as I get older.
- Alone time. It may be hard for you all to think that there are times when I'm actually quiet that don't involve me being asleep, but riding my bike is all about time for me. I reflect, I zone out, I sing songs, I do things just for me. I decompress from the day on the ride home and I prepare for the day on my ride to work. It's my time and I enjoy it. You should all try to find time to reflect when your heart rate is 85%+ of your max. Good times.
On your left,