"There's a lot of cool things to see."
Jason Fergurson started riding his bike regularly in 2007. Since then, he's learned a lot about his home state.
"I think Illinois is a great place to ride a bike. There's a bunch of differing varying terrains."
That thought isn't lost on his fellow riders. The League of American Bicyclists named Illinois the ninth bike-friendliest state in the country.
"Illinois is really easy to get around in. They're just big squares in the flat farmland area. There are squares for every section, so it's really easy to navigate."
But, believe it or not, Illinois didn't score well for its bike paths. Laws did the trick, including a newer law requiring drivers to leave three feet while passing a rider.
"That way cyclists know they can be safe. They know they're protected. It encourages people to ride."
So how does Illinios improve its ranking? Fergurson says a little driver's ed would go a long way.
"There are a lot of motorists who have no idea about this three-foot law and if it even exists. I think we can do a better job of educating about some of the laws."
Washington State and Colorado took the top spots on the survey. North Dakota ranked last.