Scooter Safety Program
Making Safety #1
The Micro Scooter Safety Program is a fun filled session teaching primary school children how to use their scooters safely.
Increasingly, children in New Zealand are riding scooters to and from school, as well as in their leisure time. For young children the scooter is often their introduction to the transport world, with many learning to ride a scooter before they can ride a bike.
It's roughly estimated that over half the children in urban New Zealand primary schools scoot to school throughout the year.
Switzerland, like New Zealand, has a high proportion of children scooting to and from school. In Switzerland more than 21,000 children have been educated on scooter safety by the Micro Scooter Kids' Safety Day since 2007.
So, to promote active travel and teach young children the skills to keep safe on their scooters, we have developed a Scooter Safety Program for primary school teachers to enable them to run practical Scooter Safety sessions at their school. All your students will need is their own scooter and a helmet!
What happens on the day?
Through a successful, tried and tested curriculum of fun practical workshops and games, children learn safety rules they can rely on to ensure their security amongst road users.
Children learn the functions and importance of the helmet, elbow and knee pads. They learn new practical techniques, such as braking correctly, curving and controlling falls to help prevent injury.
Fun techniques such as leg swapping, balance and slalom manoeuvres are aimed at improving balance and co-ordination which, in turn, further promote the children's safety on their scooters.
All the children are required to wear a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads. A scooter and all other relevant material is provided courtesy of micro scooters.
The children learn that only by respecting the rules and having the appropriate equipment can they avoid injury and accidents.
For safety tips you can use to get started now visit our Scooter Safety page.
If you think this is something that you would like to see happening at your school, or you would like further details, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org