1. Don't be timid.
2. Pass other cyclists on the far edge of the lane.
3. Learn how to lock your damn bike.
4. A light, zippy road bike is your friend.
5. Create a mental map of potholes on your route.
6. Find routes with optimal green light timing.
7. Get familiar with bike shops in your area.
8. Carry deodorant, face wipes, and possibly an extra t-shirt.
9. Jay-walking pedestrians will put you in dangerous situations.
10. Accept that you will probably get doored.
11. Stay out of the way of bike messengers.
12. As a rule, biking takes approximately 1/3 of the time it takes to walk somewhere.
13. Cruise around, have fun, and know the best way to explore your city is on two wheels.
A previous version of this post included a graphic by via Bike Safe Boston, which was asked to be removed. His bike safety tips can be found here.