My work is in downtown Seattle but we chose to live in Bellevue after extensive research because it has both great schools and convenient public transport into the city. I'll talk about the schools another day; today, I'll talk about bicycling. Having lived and bicycled in Oklahoma, the difference is stark.
Most days, I bicycle to an express bus stop (5 minutes) and then take the bus into the city (20 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes on the way back). Had I taken a car, it would take 40 minutes to get there and an hour to get back. Not to mention ... I'd pay $11 for parking most days and up to $125/day when there are events going on .
On days when I can plan it out, I can bicycle all the way home, forgoing the bus altogether. The bicycle path runs along the interstate and over the lake. This is what my bicycle commute looks like:
Leaving work in downtown Seattle: notice that the line is marked for bicycles, and note the space that the car gives the bicyclists at the traffic signal.
Near 12th and Jackson at the south edge of the city, just before getting on the Mountains-to-Sound trail.
One bridge on I-90 wasn't wide enough to accomodate bicycles, so you you've got to wait at a traffic signal to cross the street