i commute to work as well. i ride all the way across my city of Waco (keep in mind there is only 1.. thats right.. 1 bike lane in the entire city, and it only lasts about 3 blocks) to my job making pizza at Papa John's.
what i have come to realize is that people are such *******s on the road around here that wearing a helmet really is not protecting me from anything considering the recklessness and sheer abandonment of considerable thoughts i get from drivers racing past me, constantly honking when i'm in the lane, and usually calling me a "mother ****er" for being on the road.
now i'm a strong rider and i average around 25 mph no matter where i am because i like riding hard, but if i'm hit by a car around here, its not really going to matter if i'm wearing a helmet or not. i'll probably just die on impact.
i've searched and searched for back ways to work. and while i know this city backwards and forwards i still find myself having to tackle major streets and fighting against traffic and pretty much constantly putting myself in danger.
IS THERE ANYONE ELSE THAT READS THIS BOARD WHO IS HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM THAT I AM WITH THEIR COMMUTE TO WORK, SCHOOL, OR WHATEVER ????? if you have ANY sort of helpful hints and tips at making my commute safer, i would really appreciate it.
thank you for reading.