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Use flat pedals, no harm there. Stiff soled cycling shoes will be better than running shoes. Ideally, the ball of your foot will be centered-ish over the pedal axle and that will also affect the saddle height you need.

Carry on the bike (usually a little pouch under the saddle) at least 1 spare tube, maybe 2.
a patch kit
A tire lever
A multi-tool (optional but handy)
a boot in case the tire carcass is cut (you can buy cheap park tool versions or you can salvage old inner tubes OR you can fold up a dollar bill and just use that in a pinch.)
Something to inflate your tires. CO2 isn't cheap, but it's easy. A small frame pump will also do the trick.

Bike shorts and some sort of wicking shirt (bike jersey or similar) will make your rides more comfortable.
Bike helmets don't really do much but if you should happen to be in a single rider, tip-over style accident they can do your noggin a bunch of good.

Enjoy!
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