Some of the most coveted parking spaces at Foothill High School in Pleasanton are now reserved for students who carpool, after the conversion of 30 parking lot spaces long reserved for seniors into a Carpool Parking Area. The Carpool Parking Area was brainstormed by Foothill High School students in collaboration with our Safe Routes to Schools high school program, school administrators, the City of Pleasanton, and the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
The students who led the charge see carpooling as a means to reduce the Tri-Valley's high level of air pollution, lighten traffic congestion in and around the parking lot, and build community on campus. As an added incentive to encourage students to carpool, the city of Pleasanton will offer Foothill student carpoolers $25 gas cards, and passengers will be entered into weekly drawings for gift cards to local businesses. The students held a ribbon-cutting and celebration on February 6 for Carpool to School Day, which encouraged carpooling at more than 30 schools throughout Alameda County.
Ellen Fetherston, a junior at Foothill and a member of the Leadership class and part of the Safe Routes club, endorsed the carpool parking lot plan. "This carpool area is a wonderful idea because it's going to reduce traffic going into the student parking lots, which has been a problem for a long time," she said. "It's great that we get to help the environment while also helping the students."