I know everyone hates these sort of posts, I loathe them.
I have felt threatened on some of the roadways around Oakdale/Riverbank,CA due to drivers high vehicular speed and neglecting to offer 3' of safe-space. Directly east of me are several long stretches of flat, highly visible, and minimal shoulder roadways which are used by agricultural semi-trucks and other drivers; there have been several fatalities on these roads between cyclist and vehicles. I was hit on Jan 9th in town and thankfully I am safe. I have recovered most of my comfort, however a recent fatality which was a hit-and-run has rattled me.
How do you go continue cycling in dangerous areas? Or don't you?
I know we all get old and pass away, but to die like a piece of road-kill groveling in your blood while some murderer drives off makes it difficult for me to continue.
FWIW, there are 4 cycling fatalities on local roads within less than 2 miles Eastbound of me, I don't wish to be the 5th.
I want to be proactive. I want to make it a big deal. I want Share the Road signs. Mostly, I just want to feel safe.