I'm 37, and my mom just forbade me from riding my bike to work! I've recently moved back to my hometown, and it's not going over too well that I ride to work... I guess in their experience, they last saw me riding residential streets to school in nice weather, and are suddenly able to visualize me riding a 40 mile round trip on highways they know well, with snow still on the ground (though not on the paved shoulder). They seem to have forgotten that I've been doing this all my adult life. Suddenly, they are also trying to work out all the work-image logistics (locker room plus panniers... No big deal). My mom is firmly in the roads are for cars camp, my dad is worried I'll be run over.
How have your experiences explaining commuting to your family been? Does the passage of time help ease their fear? Any tips? I've just been firm that I'm aware of the risks and do my best to minimize them, but that I'm not willing to give up the joy I get from riding in favor of a bus or car.