Ever since I traded my $730+utilities apartment for moving back in w/the 'rent, I'm scared to commute to school.
The location of my last car v bike crash is on the only real path from home to school, and there are a lot of right hook aplenty areas along this commute. Despite all my lights, all my reflective tape, and all my caution, I can't get it out of my mind that I could be seriously hurt or killed trying to get to and from school.
Before, my commute was 8 miles, on mostly trails and residential streets. Now my commute is on the side of a highway with hills galore... It's not the 20 mile distance, or climbing the hills, that's the problem. It's the downhills that scare me. I don't mind being passed by cars and having them turn in front of me when I'm doing 6-12 mph, but when I'm doing 20-40 mph it's a different story.
I hate being stuffed into a bus twice a day (not to mention the truly awe-inspiring lunacy of it's F-d up schedule), but I can't get over my fear. This SUCKS! That, and I've gained back ALL of the weight I had lost. I can't wait to get out of here.