1. Wearing a durable and well fitted backpack will help you stay balanced. Pack the heavy items on the bottom and lighter towards the top. This keeps your center of balance around your waist. 

2. Look for alternate routes with less traffic. Bike paths and back roads can liven up the ride with out the added danger of rush hour. 

3. Depending on the area, sidewalks may have better pavement than the bike lanes (or vise versa). Keep an eye out for major cracks and pot holes. These can be a fun added challenge to master, but no one likes road rash before school or work.

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