SMITHSBURG - The parking lot at Smithsburg High School was less crowded than usual Friday morning after several students opted to leave their cars at home and ride bicycles to school instead.
About 50 students participated in the ride, which was organized as a way to protest rising gas prices, students said.
"It's hard for teenagers to afford gas right now," said Josh Edwards, an 18-year-old Smithsburg senior who helped organize the ride. "We were looking for ways to save gas, and this seemed like a fun way to do it."
A sign at AC&T on Md. 66 read $3.69 for a gallon of gas Friday morning. The federal government recently said prices could climb as high as $4 per gallon this summer.
"Gas is so outrageous, this is a good way to save some money," 18-year-old senior Ryan Siefert said.
Friday's ride began at 8:20 a.m. at Edwards' house on Crystal Falls Drive, about a mile from the high school.