Hello friends! i am 100% fed up with the DC metro and very seriously considering biking to work. i have no idea what i’m doing, however, and biking scares me, so i’m hoping you can point me in the direction of some good resources.

I’ve used a couple different route mappers and it looks like i can get to work with minimal road riding due to the trails from Arlington to the Mall. Looks like it would take me at most an hour, which...it took me an hour and 15 mins today on the metro because it was so fucked. And i’d get some exercise.

how do i go about doing this, picking a bike, etc? any tips for overcoming some biking anxiety? i think especially going into fall weather i’d have plenty of opportunity to practice the route on the weekend and build some confidence. thanks :)