|This image of John Kerry riding reminds me of the 'type' of rider we see, for the most part, in this area|
1) I get to be alone on the roads with my thoughts. If there were too many cyclists around me all the time, I would find myself distracted and perhaps conversing with others as I ride. While that would be enjoyable at times, I have to say that I really do enjoy the thinking time being alone on my bicycle gives me.
2) Most drivers (and I say most, because the "bad" drivers exist everywhere) are fairly considerate of bicycles and do their best to yield the right of way or make room on the roads. I've had some run ins with a few scary drivers, but as a whole, they are polite and look out for those on two wheels. I can't help but think this might be different in a larger area with more bicycles, because I've heard horror stories about cyclists being told to "get off the road" or "stop hogging the lane" in larger, more well-known cycling cities. Particularly in the months from November through April, I find cars are pretty consistently considerate of me while riding.
3) I also think I enjoy being an individual. I know that sounds silly on the surface because of course we are all individuals; however, here it is rare to see someone riding around in every day clothing, simply using his/her bike as a means of transportation unless the individual doesn't have a driver's license, doesn't have a car at all, or s/he is on some sort of license suspension due to impaired driving. Getting to stand out in crowd is kind of fun, and in fact, I get to have some interesting conversations with people because of this.