Riding in populated areas
Hey everyone. I grew up in a small town of maybe 2,500 people so I'm unsure how to go about riding in a more densely populated area. I have moved to the metro area of Atlanta in the past year and because of it I've had a fear of riding my bike. I ride a motorcycle every day so I understand the concept of situational awareness and knowing that everyone is trying to kill me but I haven't tried to do it on my bicycle yet.
Because of my lack of physical activity (it's hard to get physical activity in when there's nothing to do...) I have packed on way too much weight and am extremely irritated with myself. I am posting this thread to ask about how I should go about riding safely in a densely populated area.
My current bicycle isn't a road bike but a modified mountain bike to a type of hybrid. I've put bar ends and 1.5" tires on it to make it more viable for street riding if this helps at all.