I am returning to bike riding after many years away. I have a 15 mile commute to work I want to start biking this year. My first question, what are the best sites for figuring out a route? On my first attempt I got a flat because I had to get off a busy narrow road. I want to see if I can figure out a better way that avoids some of those headaches.
Then my other question, the narrow busy road I got off, is that part of the life of a bicyclist? Or should I have just held up traffic for a little while until it widened etc. Ideally I would have planned a better route in the first place to avoid the problem.