Hernando, already on a roll with policies and programs to boost exercise and good health, is launching a partnership Saturday designed to get people on bicycles as a mode of transportation.

“What’s exciting about our ‘Dust Off That Bicycle’ training is that it’s not just for the cycling enthusiast, it’s also aimed at the person who wants to ride his or her bicycle to work, or to pick up groceries or visit someone,” Mayor Chip Johnson said. “Cycling for transportation, not just recreation.”

“This is a continuation of our master plan,” added Alderman Gary Higdon, an advocate of safer cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. “I’m really pushing all means of transportation.”

The city is teaming with the Hernando Bicycle Club and Southern Bancorp to offer the training, which starts Saturday at 8 a.m. with a basic one-mile trek beginning at the Southern Bancorp parking lot on the corner of McIngvale and Byhalia Road.