DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - A fleet of bikes will hit the University of Dayton's campus this week. It's all in an effort to help the environment and the students.
"I had a bell on my old bike at home," says Astrid Getter as she sizes up the free bike she got from The University of Dayton.
The new flyer came from Puerto Rico and ready to explore Dayton.
Astrid Getter says, "I am really excited about the new bike trails I am ready to get on the bike. My parents bought me a helmet already."
The University of Dayton started the bike pledge program this year. About 300 students vowed not to bring a car to campus their first two years. One hundred of those were chosen to receive brand new bikes. UD hopes two wheels instead of four will speak volumes.
Sundar Kumarasamy, VP Enrollment Management and Marketing, says, "It begins to give the opportunity for the conversation what does this bike stand for then students can say how did you get this. They can talk about sustainability and they can become ambassadors of what we believe in."
The purpose of the program is to have the students pledge a green lifestyle but it also hopes to get them out in the community and to explore all that Dayton has to offer.
Bikes have become a popular way to get around with a new bike path on campus.
Astrid says, "I could get a basket."
Astrid is ready to hit the pavement and share her new bike story.
"Encourage the community to be more eco friendly, get out and spread the movement and the voice to take care of our environment it's the only one we have" said Getter.
A clear message all with a little pedal power.
100 students will receive their free bikes on Friday afternoon when UD opens its new outdoor engagement center. There will be a bike ride around campus to show students the new bike path.
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