I am one of the lucky few in North America who can say my commute is +95% traveled on bike paths. Most cyclists have frightful encounters with cars, mine are with birds or rabbits or squirrels.
If you have a similar opportunity where you live, go for it! I guarantee you will be a happier healthier version of yourself. Here is an article by Momentum Mag on tips for first-timers: http://momentummag.com/top-10-tips-for-first-time-bicycle-commuters/
Love where you live and happy cycling!