I'm heading to a Canadian Tire after work, and there are two within 5km of me. One is located in a big box mall, and the route there is on a busy road over a bridge and a highway on-ramp and off-ramp crazy intersection at the end of it. There are lots of cars and they all want to go fast! At the end of the bridge going the opposite way, there's a makeshift memorial where people are still leaving flowers for a girl cyclist who was killed by a truck a few years ago.
The other CT is located on the opposite end of town, the roads are narrower but have the potential to be more cracked, potholed, and full of debris. There is still lots of traffic. I hate to say it, the area in general is more low-income than the other area. Side streets are not an option for either. The first route crosses a river then a highway, and the 2nd route crosses another highway.
I'm riding my Kona fixed gear with 700x28 conti ultrasport tires. I have blinkies. Which road would you take?