CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Friday was a beautiful day for a bike ride, and Chicago bicyclists said lawmakers seem to agree.
The 28th Annual Chicago Bike Week Rally was held Friday at Daley Plaza between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and bicyclists said they felt a boost, now that Illinois lawmakers have pledged $50 million in annual funding for walking and bicycling projects in the new state budget.
Clare McDermott, Managing Director of Events and Marketing for the Active Transportation Alliance, told WBBM Newsradio, "It's unprecedented (the funding). We're ecstatic."
Hundreds of bicyclists rode to Daley Plaza to fuel up on apples, bananas, granola and other treats and to talk about biking.
Kareem Dixon lives in Chicago and bikes to work every day at Northwestern University on the Near North Side. He told WBBM Newsradio he saves about $800 a year by biking instead of taking the CTA and knows he saves even more than that by not driving.
He also said he wants to help save the planet.
"Exercise," he said while taking a break from his morning ride, "it's good for the cardiovascular."
He also said there are lot more bikers in Chicago than there were years ago.
Mr. Salas and others were also asked about the new electric scooters we have been seeing all over the city. Most said they're a bit unsure about them, but it's too early to render a verdict.