Some local high school students traded in their cars and took an alternative ride to school, to help fight obesity.
West brook high school students, teachers and principal met up almost an hour before classes to hop on their bicycles to take over half of the street on their way to school.
"It was good exercise for me, you know, I was getting sweaty," said junior Wade Aran.
With police escorts and medics on standby the riders safely cycled to the school for more than just a fun group activity.
"We think one of the big problems in the country is obesity," said Principal Bill Daniels. "We're trying to get all our kids involved."
And cyclists like sophomore José Damas were glad to see so many different students show up for the ride.
"Whether you don't ride a bike, whether you play soccer or swim, it's real good to see you ride a bike."
Depending on their weight each student on averaged burned about 122 calories, which was exciting for students like Shania Heller.
"I think schools should do more to promote healthy living, like more bike riding to school."
"We want our kids up and doing things," said Principal Daniels, "and if they'll start riding more and doing more I think they'll feel better."
The way Principal Daniels sees it, a healthy body creates a healthy mind ready to learn.
Over 100 West Brook students made the nearly 2.8 mile trek from Rogers Park to the high school.
Principal Daniels tells us he's considering to offer a "bike to school" event every month.
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