I'm new to bike commuting, but have been doing it the last few weeks. It's about 15 miles each way. I need some thoughts and suggestions.
My wife is adamantly opposed to the idea of me commuting by bike. She is really scared that I will get hit by a car and no matter how much I tell her that I bike very defensively and stay away from busy roads as much as I can, she insists that she will never be ok with my decision. She worries constantly and reminds me daily that none of her fellow Mom friends approve (we have 2 young children). Several have stated to her outright that I am being disrespectful by doing this.
Has anyone else dealt with an unsupportive spouse like this? I am absolutely loving my rides. It is so invigorating everytime I get into my office or pull up to my house on my bike. I'm losing weight, saving money, and just feel better about myself. However, I obviously don't want to create so much tension in my marriage and make her feel like I'm being totally selfish. Further, am I truly not understanding the risks that I'm taking? Is she right?
Any suggestions or advice is appreciated.