Top 10 Excuses for Not Biking to Work (and how to fix them) from Bike Walk CT:
#10 It’s Too Dangerous -
Most of us are creatures of habit. If we’ve always driven to work, we might only be familiar with the most heavily traveled roads. Take time on the weekends (by car or by bike) to search out what alternatives might be available. Local bike shops or clubs can be very helpful, as can online maps that feature bike-friendly directions. Practice your ride to work on a quiet weekend, beforehand.
If you can’t completely eliminate travel on a high-speed, or congested, road, make yourself as visible as possible (lights, reflectors, hi-vis clothing), obey the traffic laws, signal your turns, and make eye contact with merging drivers.