HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Students at Pearl River Community College are being encouraged to park their cars and pedal around the campus whenever they can.
As part of the Wildcat Wellness Initiative, students will be allowed to get a bike on loan through the Wildcat Den Bookstore. Dozens of bicycles and tricycles were recently purchased with a grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi.
Students will be able to check them out beginning Wednesday.
I think it's a really good plan, actually," said PRCC student Savannah McLeod. "I see some people around that ride bikes everyday and it kind of makes me want to go buy one, so I'm glad that they actually give some here that we can check out."
"It's really, really, really legit," said William Washington, another PRCC student. "I think it's nice and really healthy for everyone. It gives us something to do besides work all the time."
A kick-off event for the new bike program was held Tuesday at Dobie Holden Stadium.
The grant also paid for new outdoor fitness equipment at the PRCC Wellness Center.