Shimano Click’r Pedals
Your friends are telling you that you need to get “clipless pedals”. You, however, are nervous about having your feet locked onto your bike in any way.
Or how about this: You have always ridden your bike with ski-binding-type pedals, but a recent skiing accident has left you with a surgically-reattached ACL that you’re nervous about stressing while getting on and off of your bike.
You should consider Shimano Click’r pedals.
Click’rs have the lightest entry and release tension of any Shimano pedal. They are on par with Speedplay’s “Frog” pedals in this regard, but since they’re made by Shimano, they have the Ubiquitous Shimano cleat that will engage the pedals on the spin bikes at the gym as well as the Shimano pedals that you may have on your other bikes.
Click’rs come in single-sided versions with a flat platform on the opposite side as well as double-sided versions.