Illinois is 9th "bike-friendliest" state in the country

Published 05/03 2013 10:10PM

Updated 05/06 2013 04:10PM

SPRINGFIELD -- As summer approaches, you're bound to see more people hitting the road on two-wheels. Not just motorcycles, but bikes. A new study finds people in Illinois could be having one of the best rides in the country. WCIA-3's Steve Staeger has the story.

"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.

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