What is Carpooling?
Carpooling is when two or more people share a vehicle, saving time and money. Not only does it reduce congestion at school loading zones, but it’s also a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors!
How can I find out more about Carpooling?
Many Bay Area school districts have students who do not live within an easy walking- or bicycling-distance of school. Schools can promote carpooling by making it easy to connect families who have similar commutes. There are several tools to help organize your local school carpool, aka “schoolpool”, such as using the SchoolPool Guidebook by Spare the Air Youth, the SchoolPool Guide developed by Marin County Safe Routes to Schools, or adopting a convenient smartphone app.
A Back-to-School Blitz is an outreach campaign at the beginning of the school year to get the word out about how families can walk, bike, take transit or carpool to school. The initiative gathers families and signs them up to share rides. Face-to-face communications makes outreach easy and may alleviate some parental concerns of having their children carpool with new families
511 SchoolPool is offered by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and helps families find one another to coordinate transportation to and from school. (See the sidebar for promotional fliers and posters in English, Spanish, and Chinese.)
SchoolPool Marin developed a SchoolPool Guide to assist schools in setting up Neighborhood SchoolPool Network. As part of the SchoolPool Guide, the Neighborhood Captain’s Guide explains how to reach out to neighbors. The SchoolPool Guide also offers promotional resources which can be downloaded.
For an example of a Carpool to School program, read about how the City of Palo Alto successfully implemented their program here.
You can try adopting technology to organize your carpool too. We suggest doing research to find out which apps or websites work best for your needs. For starters, try these free ones to see which one works for your community:
iPhone only - Carpool School Edition | Car Pool Party | Ridejoy
Android & iPhone - Carma Carpool | Cozi | Kandago | Looptivity | Toogethr
Web-based Ridematching - Carpool to School (secure schoolpool matching) | Zimride