The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has created a scooter training scheme for primary school children – which it claims is the first of its kind in the UK.
The council has seen a significant increase in the number of young children travelling to school on micro-scooters and has responded to the growing craze by launching a training scheme to encourage responsible use.
Following on from last year’s successful pilot, ‘ScootSurfers’ training is being offered to all primary schools in the borough. Nine have already signed up and the scheme started at St Thomas Church of England Primary School on 17 May.
ScootSurfers has been extremely successful in promoting sustainable travel to school. In pilot schools scooting increased by 90% compared to an increase of 33% in those not involved in the development of ScootSurfers
The schools will all receive a full day of training from a qualified team of instructors who also deliver the council’s cycling and pedestrian safety courses. The instructors will show teachers how to continue the training independently.
Training will take place in the playground and consist of one-hour sessions for groups of 15 pupils. Each session will cover scooter skills (i.e. starting, stopping and steering), pavement etiquette, road safety advice and tips on locking and looking after scooters.
On completing the course children will receive a ScootSurfers certificate and a bell to attach to their scooter to warn pedestrians that they are approaching.
Councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown said: “Scooting is clearly popular but we need to ensure that those using scooters respect other pedestrians and pavement users. That is what these courses are all about.”
Adrian Jones, assistant head teacher at St Thomas’ CE Primary School, said: “Scooting to school is a great way for the children to exercise and it also cuts down on congestion caused by parents driving their children to school.
“ScooterSurfers is an exciting opportunity for the children and staff to be trained and hopefully will encourage more people to jump on their scooters.”