@Stan Galat congratulations on the 18 pounds. That is a huge accomplishment. I commuted to work on bicycles for 15 years and only had a few accidents. In all, my pride was hurt more than my body.
We biked a lot after retiring but after a few years I noticed a lot of uncomfortably close encounters (few bike lanes and lots of traffic). A neighbor had her back broken after being hit by a car. We decided that we had reached that delicate age where we'd rather be injured chasing a grandbaby than by a distracted driver (you would not believe how small the swimsuits are around here).
Short comment, be safe. Stanistan needs you. I already know the route that @Gordon Nichols rides and it's about as safe as it gets. Congrats and take care!