What is Schoolpool?
Schoolpool is a way families can connect to get their children to and from school. Schoolpool options include carpooling, walk pools (“walking school buses”), bike pools (“bike trains”), or arranging bus buddies for school buses.
Schoolpool supports traffic and transportation safety effort in and around schools, and complements Safe Routes to School and other student transportation safety, as well as air quality programs.
In 1969, nearly 50 percent of children walked or biked to school. Today, that number has plummeted to fewer than 15 percent. During the morning commute, driving to school represents 10-14 percent of traffic on the road.
- Time Savings: Save time by reducing the number of days you drive your children to and from school.
- Cost Savings: Getting involved with your school’s Schoolpool program can save you money by reducing the amount of driving you do. You will use less gas and save on the wear and tear of your car.
- Safety: Traffic in school parking lots and drop-off zones can become dangerous when several hundred parents are trying to get their children to and from school at the same time. Fewer cars of our streets means a safer commute environment for our children.
- Cleaner air and improved health: Fewer cars on our streets translates into cleaner air for all of us. Walking and biking to school provides the minimum daily exercise children and adults need.
- Meeting new friends: Getting involved with your school’s Schoolpool program is a great way for you and your children to meet neighbors who are also local school parents and students. This can lead to other activities like play dates and neighborhood gatherings.
How to Join
- Ask your school administrator to open a Schoolpool platform through NOACA
- Join Gohio Commute to access your school’s platform
- Add your family’s information and walking, biking, or carpooling needs
- Start contacting families that also want to walk, bike, or ride together