SchoolPool Ridematching Service Helps Parents, Schools

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August 23, 2011 Did you know that SchoolPool - a secure online ridematching service administered by the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG for parents with children in kindergarten through 12th grade - is open to San Diego County charter schools?

SchoolPool matches parents with children who attend the same school and live in the same neighborhood, so they can share responsibilities for getting their children to school. SANDAG is now enrolling schools and parents in SchoolPool for the 2011-2012 school year.

In addition to ridematching, SchoolPool helps parents connect their children with bike buddies and walking school buses - groups that ride their bikes or walk to school together with one or more adults.

Parents who use SchoolPool to find bike buddies or walking school buses can receive a free helmet for each child who bikes and a free baseball cap for each child who walks. All children who either bike or walk can receive reflective backpacks. Safety vests are provided for parent leaders. These supplies will be given out while they last, so parents should sign up for the program as soon as possible.

In addition to free gear, for the first time SANDAG is providing safety trading cards in Spanish and English to SchoolPool participants. The brightly-illustrated cards, commissioned by SANDAG specifically for SchoolPool, feature kooky characters that teach children how to avoid traffic hazards and follow safety rules. There are 12 cards total, six in each package. Children are encouraged to trade them with each other to get the full set. The cards have fun, alliterative titles such as "Footloose Fool" and "Misleading Meanderers." The Footloose Fool card tells children to always look at all driveways and stop at all curbs. The Misleading Meanderers card shows bicycle riders how to use hand signals to let people know they are turning or changing lanes.

All public and private elementary, middle, and high schools within San Diego County are eligible to join SchoolPool. For more information, visit the i Commute SD webpage.