My sister is not an athena. Long time vegetarian. Actually pretty skinny. But she needs encouragement on how to ride in So Cal (Irvine area) in a manner that would allow her to build fitness. She is prepared to buy a decent bike but currently she rides a mile here and there on sidewalks to friends' homes and is not prepared to ride in streets even if there are bike paths.
Anybody have tips on resources/maps/groups or thoughts on how to help somebody move from riding a bicycle on the sidewalk to cycling in a more serious way? She's prepared to buy a decent bike and can probably afford whatever she wants. She's not ready for a drop bar road bike so I'm encouraging her to look at aluminum hybrid bikes but I'm not at all sure about how to connect her with the resources she'd need to learn to safely cycle in So. Cal. without being fit enough to join a cycling club where people are riding much faster than she can do. Currently she can only do a slow, slow ride of 5 or 6mi so she's really at the start of all this.