When students and families walk, bike or carpool to class, everyone wins. Kids learn healthy habits early, plus fewer cars at drop-off 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, a collaboration between City of Bellevue, King County Metro and Bellevue School District, is a program that encourages families and students to explore sustainable transportation options for their commute to and from school in order to alleviate congestion at drop-off and pickup times and zones around schools.
How SchoolPool Works
The SchoolPool team assists Partner schools with running two SchoolPool campaigns during the school year – one in the fall, during the Walk & Roll to School Week, and one in the spring, during the Bike & Roll to School Week.
Marketing and promotional materials, stock communications, event assistance and more are available to support Partner schools’ efforts.
The SchoolPool team also assists all schools, including non-partner and private schools, interested in helping parents find carpools, walk pools ("walking school buses"), bike pools ("bike trains"), and bus buddies for school buses or public transit.
About Becoming a SchoolPool Partner School
Partnering with Bellevue SchoolPool is open to all elementary, middle and middle/high choice schools in Bellevue School District, and in Bellevue. To become a SchoolPool Partner school for a given campaign, a school official, or a PTSA member needs to fill out a short participation survey to sign up the school for the campaign. Partnering involves implementing fall and spring week-long campaigns through signage, communications to students and families and distributing student encouragement items provided by SchoolPool. For promoting the campaigns, schools receive incentives - either a $1,000 monetary incentive or, starting in spring 2023, up to $2,500 for a mini-grant project as described below.
New in 2023: Partner schools completing their requirements may now choose to receive mini-grants for up to $2,500 (in lieu of the $1,000 monetary incentive)! Mini-grants may be used for small capital or safety equipment/items related to program goals. Applications must be submitted within 60 days of the end of the pertinent SchoolPool campaign. Mini-grant funding is available on a reimbursement basis, and mini-grant projects must be approved by the SchoolPool team at the City of Bellevue. For program information, application and evaluation materials, click here.
Fall 2023 SchoolPool Challenge
Encourage your students to bike, walk, roll, bus or carpool to school during the Oct. 2-6, 2023 Fall Campaign! The campaign highlights International Walk to School Day on Oct. 4, and we celebrate it all week!
Encouragement to all students, marketing materials, and $1,000 direct monetary incentives are provided to all participating elementary, middle, and middle/high choice schools! Also, schools may now apply to receive a mini-grant for up to $2,500 for specific, relevant expenses in lieu of the direct monetary incentive. The application packet is now available here.
Click here to see a list of participating schools in fall 2023.
Annual Districtwide Travel Survey 2023
The Annual Districtwide Travel Survey provides data on how students travel to and from school, and helps evaluate the strategies for the Bellevue SchoolPool program, which aims to reduce drop-off and pick-up congestion at schools.
In spring 2023, 490 families provided answers for 701 students. Based on the survey, 41% of children are driven alone to and from school, and 59% use a different mode of transportation. The percentage of children being driven alone has decreased since 2022.
School Attendance Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Maps
This is a great time to test out your walk or bike route to school! Go to our Interactive Routes to School Map and click on your school to find printable maps of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in your school’s attendance area.
Email us at BellevueSchoolPool@bellevuewa.gov to receive a hard copy of a map.
SchoolPool Blog Posts
To submit a SchoolPool blog post, please email it to BellevueSchoolPool@bellevuewa.gov.
Resources for Schools and Families
- Check out our info sheets on Walking School Bus, Bike Train, and Carpooling.
- Live too far from school? Learn about "park and walk" from the King County Metro SchoolPool webpage.
- If you need help or information about King County Metro Transit or Sound Transit buses for your school, contact us at BellevueSchoolPool@bellevuewa.gov.
- If you are a school interested in receiving assistance with setting up a network on Rideshare Online, 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
- SchoolPool and Safe Routes to School - King County Metro
- Walk and Bike to School
- Safe Routes to School Guide
- Kids Walk-to-School
- Walk to School Day SchoolPool Incentives
- SchoolPool BINGO Cards - English
- SchoolPool BINGO Cards - Spanish
- SchoolPool BINGO Cards - Chinese
- SchoolPool BINGO Cards - Russian
- Pedestrian Map Example
- Bike Map Example