1. Obey the Rules
I’ve learned that the streets can be a safe place to ride—if you choose your streets wisely and obey the laws as if you were in a car. You have to ride your bike like the street legal vehicle it is and that means riding on the right with traffic, obeying traffic lights and stop signs. Obeying the law is what keeps you safe.
Check out 13 Things You Should Know About Cycling.
2. Don’t Be Picky
Just about any bicycle will get you to work. I’ve ridden fixed gear one-speeds, classic English three-speeds and over-the-top multi-speeds and even tricycles to work when I had a lot to carry. They all work—yours will too!
3. Route Matters
It took me quite some time to settle on a route to work and back, and to tell you the truth: the route back is slightly different than the route to work, since traffic patterns change from morning to evening. Still, I do try to ride the same routes every day, at about the same time, and mostly wearing the same jacket and bicycle helmet. I want the regular drivers on those roads to see me and recognize me. I want them to be looking for me and say, “Oh yeah, there’s that bicycle guy!” I don’t want to be a surprise to anyone. Never sneak up on a car driver.