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Save money, save time, use SchoolPool

With school districts in the region either cutting back bus services or raising fees for them, parents searching for an alternative solution for getting their children to school can take advantage of a free SANDAG program.

SchoolPool is a secure online ridematching service for parents with children in grades K-12. The program helps busy moms and dads save time and money, and it benefits the region as a whole by reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Parents with children who attend the same school and live in the same neighborhood are matched with each other so they can share responsibilities for getting the children to school. 

In addition to ridematching, SchoolPool now also helps parents connect their children with bike buddies and walking school buses. Bike buddies are groups of students who ride bikes to school together with adult/parent leaders. Walking school buses are groups of children walking together with one or more adults. Bike buddies and walking school buses can be as informal as two families taking turns biking or walking with their children to school, or it can be highly structured with an established route and timetable. SANDAG provides free safety gear, such as bike helmets, to families who sign up for bike buddies and baseball caps for students who walk.

All public and private elementary, middle, and high schools within San Diego County are eligible to join SchoolPool. The service is part of the SANDAG iCommute program, which seeks to reduce traffic congestion and offer commute choices by helping travelers find alternatives to driving alone.

SchoolPool is now enrolling schools for the 2011-12 school year. A list of those already signed up is available on the SchoolPool Web page at www.iCommuteSD.com.

Interested parents should contact their children’s school and ask the transportation coordinator to sign them up for SchoolPool. If a school is not a participant, school staff can enroll their campus in the program by calling 511 and saying “SchoolPool” when prompted. An iCommute employee will help set up a safe and secure network for free. Once a school is enrolled, parents just need to sign up for an account on www.iCommuteSD.com to find matches.

For more information, call 511 and say “SchoolPool” or e-mail schoolpool@sandag.org.

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For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.