As a 21-year-old college student, I've been fair-weather bike commuting for almost a year and my girlfriend has expressed an interest in cycling with me recreationally. So today, I went to her house and we set out to a local bike trail on our bikes. I asked her if she wanted to ride on the roads, and she emphatically told me that she wouldn't ride on the roads and would only go out if we rode on the sidwalks.
I figured that riding on the sidewalks was better than not riding at all, and we did have a great ride, but I want to know what Bike Forums members think is the best way to wean my girlfriend off sidewalk riding and into road riding. We rode on some busy roads to get to the path, so perhaps I can take her out on some side streets to practice signalling.