Got any tips?
I'm not sure why, but lately I've become more fearful of cycling. After reading the thread about how to fall, and watching the news about the San Diego cyclist killed by a hit and run driver, and all the other reports about accidents and bad drivers and such, I'm just more anxious than ever. My cycling is primarily urban but as much as possible on side streets. It's fun and I love it -- but I cannot afford whatsoever to be off work for several weeks with broken bones, let alone come to an untimely end.
The more I read, however, the more convinced I am that sooner or later, I'm either going to fall, causing some relatively big injury, or I'm going to crash or be hit by a car driven by someone not paying attention.
For those who don't know me, I've only returned to cycling about three months ago.
I believe these fears are irrational, or perhaps a better way of saying it is "blown out of proportion" but the intellectual understanding hasn't eased the fears. Can anyone offer some suggestions to ease my mind?