I've been commuting by bike for about 15 months now. My employer is suddenly transferring me from a suburban office out in Ewing to downtown Trenton. I'd like to keep biking in, if possible. The increased distance is only a few miles, but it might as well be a whole different planet for a suburbanite like myself. I hear horror stories about Trenton, but I know there are regular bike commuters who make it in and out alive every day (I will talk to the ones I know).
What I don't know is what are the "bad" parts of Trenton you just don't ride through versus what parts just look bad (it ALL looks ugly to me) but are OK to bike through? What are the odds that someone is really going to bother me or attempt to bikejack me or do whatever they might do to cyclists? I have a lot of people telling me there's just no way I should do it. But these are the same people who think it's insane to commute by bike at all, so their judgement is skewed.
The safe route I'm seeking, should anyone know the area, is from just south of Pennington to East State St.