Biking on back roads - how can I stay safe?

I am a 42 year-old woman. I am considering riding my bike to work each day. Ninety percent of the journey is very quiet rural blacktop that has little traffic and few cars. I am a bit afraid, because I will be pretty vulnerable by myself out there. What things can I do to help prevent myself from being assaulted by... show more I am a 42 year-old woman. I am considering riding my bike to work each day. Ninety percent of the journey is very quiet rural blacktop that has little traffic and few cars. I am a bit afraid, because I will be pretty vulnerable by myself out there. What things can I do to help prevent myself from being assaulted by someone or hit by a car? Thanks!
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