Cycling more is a great thing to do for the environment, fitness and to save money, and most of us have a bike rusting away in the garage or shed un-used.
Of course there are lots of cycle ways and routes that are away from major traffic, a journey by push bike would probably be a more direct, different route to the one you would make by car. but I felt to deal with busy roads, roundabouts and big lorries I could do with some help, so I contacted Redcar council (all the councils have schemes) and got real help to cut down the risk of cycling.
The most common accident is where someone opens a car door and knocks the cyclist over! Simply cycle well wide of any parked cars. Road positioning is also key to stopping cars forcing you into the side of the road or at junctions.
If you are thinking of cycling to work you can get 50% off the cost of the bicycle and equipment, with the rest being spread out over an interest free loan taken from salary. Cannot get better than that.
I enjoyed my course and learnt a lot as well, so contact your local council for lessons, just google it!
http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/ Cycle to work scheme