PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Whether you drive your car or ride your bike, getting around the City of Pascagoula has gotten a lot more friendly. The city was awarded a grant in 2014 from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi for being named one of four healthy hometowns in the state. In an effort to maintain Pascagoula's healthy hometown reputation, the city has installed signage and fixtures that will improve road safety for those who choose to drive or those who choose to cycle.
"We've had a lot of positive responses from people who are excited to see the signage and really enjoy knowing that they have a little bit more of a safety aspect when they do cycle," community event coordinator Suzanne Steinberger said.
The city was awarded $25,000 through the healthy hometown grant. With the money, the city has been able to purchase amenities, like bike racks, to aid those who like to get up and active around the city.
Jimmy Krebs is one of those people who find joy in cycling. You can catch him pedaling around the city at least four to five times a week.
"It's another way to enjoy being outdoors. You meet new people and see what's going on in town. It's a good way to be out and be involved," Krebs said.
With every turn of his pedals, Krebs is happy the city he lives in is being recognized for its efforts to be a healthy community.
"Our recreation department, especially, has gone the extra mile to encourage people to be active. It brings a little notoriety to Pascagoula that we are making strides to being a healthier community," Krebs said.
"I'm just happy that we're making this happen, and I love to see the support and the people supporting us makes it worthwhile," outdoor recreation specialist Kristi Ducote said.
Ducote says as long as both motorists and cyclists learn their responsibilities, the roadways will continue to be safe to share.
To learn more about Mississippi bicycle laws, you can visit http://www.bikewalkmissand click on the "resources" tab.