There's lots to discuss about bicycling in the Hudson Valley, and
bicycling in general.
See Discuss Bicycling in the Hudson
Lots of specific suggestions, and an interesting overall
perspective about interacting with motor vehicle traffic. Emphasis on
handling city streets and traffic, but helpful for anyone riding on the
Bicycling Street Smarts: Riding Confidently, Legally, and Safely,
by John S. Allen. Second edition,
BikeMaps, 2001 (First edition, 1988 by Rodale).
on the Web
paper copy from Rubel BikeMaps
Bicycling Magazine's Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills,
by Ed Pavelka, et al. Rodale Press, Emmaus PA, 1998.
Chapters 17 - 21 give specific techniques for "safety in
traffic". The rest of the book has lots of ideas about
skills and training.
Effective Cycling, by John Forester. (6th
edition) MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 1993. ISBN
0-262-06159-7 and 0-262-56070-4.
The classic for the techniques (and politics) of riding a bicycle
in traffic with motor vehicles. Chapters 26 - 32 are very
helpful on strategies and techniques for riding on the roads.
The rest of the large book has lots more on all aspects of bicycling.