One of the many things I dislike is mis-use of the word "lucky." I was lucky to be born in a first world country where no one ever operated on the assumption that I'd spend my life as a trash-picker. It is not luck that I have a safe dry place to park my bicycle when I get to work. I have a place to park my bicycle because my company encourages bicycling.
What you deserve if you are a bicycle commuter.
1. A safe dry place to park your bicycle. Locks are heavy and not always effective. Bicycles are easy to steal and even a locked bicycle is subject to having it's peripherals ripped off. We need to know that our bicycle will be there, and look the same, at the end of our work day.
2. The same consideration for a flat tire that is given to the automobile people. If you get a flat tire on the way to work you're going to be late. Car flat tires are treated as a weird unfortunate act of $deity. Bicycle flat tires are (sometimes) treated as if the bicyclist took a reckless chance by not driving a car. Our vehicles break down too and we don't need any added hassle from management.
3. Encouragement. At my company there is an application where I track my trips completed by bicycle (pedestrians, roller-bladers and skateboarders are included here as well) and I earn money for each trip and once a year that money gets donated to a charity of my choosing.
4. A locker to put your stuff in, if you want it. Work has lots of lockers but they are all "time of use" meaning you can only put a lock on for business hours. Except for bicyclists and other non-car non-petroleum people. If you commute forty or more times each quarter by bicycle (or feet) then you get a permanent locker of your own and a certificate for the locker.
5. Guaranteed ride home in the event of an emergency. You bicycle twenty miles to work and then get a call that your kid was injured on the playground and you need to go home immediately. You need a car. Your company calls you a cab and picks up the bill. Or perhaps you get sick and start running a fever and you're too dizzy to walk or bicycle or whatever got you in that day.
6. This one comes first for many people. Showers. I say "sure" to showers and a place to change. I put this item last though because I'm tired of the background assumption that bicyclists are in dire need of a wash when we get to work. Many of us travel just a few miles and I have yet to meet the person who smells worse than the '73 Volkswagen that stank up the road.
Why do you deserve this? What makes you so special?
1. Anyone who does not think we have a car problem has their head in the sand. Even if you do not believe or care about global warming and polar bears, cars are undeniable killers of adults, children, wild animals, and pets. You deserve encouragement because you managed to escape the matrix that is the automobile experience.
Personally I don't think I need anything after this. The vast majority of us have some of the following: pets, sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, mothers, fathers, step-parents, grandparents, friends, lovers, husbands, or wives. Everything on this list is at risk of being turned into chipped beef by a car or pick-up truck or 16-wheeler. If this is the moment you want to make a pitch about how you heard of a friend reading a story about some person somewhere who was hit and killed by a bicyclist? Stow it. Here's why you should stow it. Ask any parent anywhere what they would prefer given a choice: having their child hit by a car or having a child hit by a bicyclist. Ask a pet owner if they had a choice between their dog being hit by a bicyclist and being hit by a car which would they choose. No one wants to be hit by a car. No one. Nada. People would rather stab their hand with a knife (really!!!) then be hit by a car. How come? Because cars are outrageously lethal.
But anyways. Here's a few more reasons why you deserve good treatment:
2. You are not taking up a parking space. Parking is expensive. By bicycling you are saving your company a little bit of real estate.
3. Bicycling (and walking) take up less room. With seven billion people on the planet, there just isn't enough room for each person to drive their own car and cause their own pollution.