When students and families walk, bike or carpool to class, everyone wins. College students save money and stress, kids learn healthy habits early, plus fewer cars at dropoff and pickup locations alleviate roadway congestion for all travelers. Keep reading to learn how easy it is to adopt a safe and sustainable school commute.
About Bellevue SchoolPool
Bellevue SchoolPool is a program that encourages families and students to explore sustainable transportation options for their commute to and from school and alleviate congestion at drop-off and pick-up times and locations.
Bellevue SchoolPool focuses on two approximately one-month long SchoolPool challenges during the school year, one in October, and one from Earth Day, April 22, to Bike Everywhere Day, the third Friday of May.
The Bellevue SchoolPool team works with Bellevue School District schools to provide marketing and educational materials and to engage students in SchoolPool activities during the SchoolPool challenges. Through participation in SchoolPool, schools can also raise money for their school and earn free incentives for their students.
How SchoolPool Works
Bellevue SchoolPool is split into two programs - SchoolPool K-5 and SchoolPool Teens (6-12).
Students at SchoolPool K-5 partner schools record their walk, bike, carpool and bus trips to and/or from school in their SchoolPool trip log calendar during their month-long Spring and Fall challenges.
Students at SchoolPool Teen partner schools participate in SchoolPool related activities conducted at their schools. Activities are determined in collaboration with each school and may include assemblies, presentations, contests, bike classes, etc.
If you would like to become a Bellevue SchoolPool partner school, contact us at BellevueSchoolPool@bellevuewa.gov.
Student Project Highlight
During our 2018 Earth Day to Bike Day SchoolPool challenge, we asked students to use their creativity to share their trips to school with us. Here is a small sample of some of our favorites!
Go to our interactive Routes to School map and click on your school to find a printable map of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in your school’s attendance area.
The SchoolPool team is currently working with schools to create RideshareOnline.com networks to facilitate carpool matching. Stay tuned!
We also encourage you to try out Pogo Rides, an easy to use smart phone app which matches you with other parents looking to carpool.
Taking the bus is a great option, too! If you need help or information about King County Metro Transit or Sound Transit buses for your school, contact us at BellevueSchoolPool@bellevuewa.gov.
- Safe Routes to School Programs - US DOT
- Safe Routes to School - Federal Highway Administration - US DOT
- Safe Routes to School National Partnership
- National Center for Safe Routes to School
- Safe Routes to School - WSDOT
- Safe Routes to School – CDC
- SchoolPool and Safe Routes to School - King County Metro
- Walk and Bike to School
- International Walk to School Month
- Safe Routes to School Guide
- Kids Walk-to-School
Are you a college student? We have tools for you too.
Getting to class and around town can be less costly and stressful with car-free options. Fill out our commute assistance request form for personalized help with busing or carpooling to school. Biking is made easier with our bike map. And did you know that if you are 18 years or older you are eligible for drawings and incentives through Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards?