A PTA-sponsored program to get more Mountain View High students to bike to school is seeing more participants than ever this year, organizers say.
The "Carbon Free Commute Challenge" was started three years ago by Mountain View parents to promote green habits and alleviate traffic congestion near school.
Scott Chan, co-chair of the program, reported that organizers have counted more than 200 bikes on some days so far this year, about twice as many as when they started the program in 2007. The program encourages biking or walking to school by offering small prizes, such as energy bars, on random days to those who participate.
A count from last Thursday indicated that freshmen have the highest rate of participation -- amounting to 44 percent of bikers -- while seniors are the least participatory, making up only 10 percent of the bike traffic.