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SACRAMENTO --

"You will live longer. You will feel better. You will get natural light in your eyes,” said Marilyn Bryant. “So you’re happier and you will sleep better."

"It makes me feel like a kid again,” said Tom Barett.

"I feel exhilarated. I feel like I have already done something for the day,” said Marian McKenna, “I got something off my plate. I am ready to go for the day."

This is the 11th Annual Bike Month.

Over the past several years, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, along with other organizations, has made biking in Sacramento safer, with new laws and green bike paths.

“It increases the visibility of bike lanes. The more we can do that, the more people will ride their bikes,” Bryant said.

"I've seen it the way it was years ago. They didn't have as many bike lanes, by far, as they have now,” said Bryce Grant. “I feel a lot safer in a lot of areas. There is always room for improvement."

Hundreds of cyclists met at three Sacramento locations this morning to bike to the Capitol for a visible kickoff to the annual event.

They took several routes to the same place and offered advice on how cycling can be improved.

"I’d like to see more off-road bike trails,” McKenna said.

"I’d like to see it where I live out in the Foothill Farms area. That is where it gets dicey," Grant said.

"I would like to see separated bike lanes. I live in the Fair Oaks area and San Juan and Madison are just really busy streets,” Barett said.