There is an employee at my organization that is 100% pro bicycle and 100% anti-combustion engine. He is very vocal about it, and everyone, including myself is generally supportive of his choices and knows him as that dedicated life choice kind of guy. Most days, he bikes to work as you would expect.
The issues seem to come up when I request that he travels for work. There is another office in another city, and it requires him to bike for hours to get there. We deal with hardware equipment, so it is not something that is very easily for him to "remote" help, and he is the subject expert of this device. He pushes back very aggressively to have me find another plan, in which I genuinely cannot find one. I've offered to give him a lift on days that both he and I are going to the same field office, but he declines as it is against his personal morals, and then does indeed cycle the long distance. I get the feeling he has blamed me personally for this chore, as I often get the cold shoulder from him now. He has started to play the victim card around work and I believe people are starting to turn sour against me for making him travel.
Recently, I have informed him that he needs to travel to another State on business. He seemed angry and snarkily stated about how he has to make it a week long biking trip to get there.
How can I ease this situation? On the one hand, I don't want to be that "evil" guy forcing him to go against his beliefs, but I need him to perform his job and travel. I also don't want to lose him as an employee. Is there a compromise that can be made?