When I got back into cycling I did it on the road. Loved it. Did 2500 miles got jammed against a wall by a lorry (overtaking me on a blind bend and moving in when a car come round crushing me against a wall - I still see those rear wheels - very lucky to just get abrasions) and hit by a car mirror at 40mph - bruising only.
Add in some high speed close shaves and I've more or less had enough - I now ride off road and have massively reduced my contact with cars.
It seems road riding requires a fatalism or blind faith I just don't have. I can't imagine how people ride along somewhere like the A4074 Reading to Oxford morning and evening trusting to in excess of a 100 cars to pass them safely at a 40mph speed differential.
Anyone else moved to mtb as a result of this?