Remarkables Primary School pupil Jacob Gjaja (8) navigates
the cones during yesterday's Scooter Safety Workshop.Photo
by Christina McDonald.
The popularity of push scooters as a fun and active
method to get to school has inspired a safety workshop, which
was run for the first time in the South Island this week at
Remarkables Primary School is one of five schools taking part
in the Queenstown Lakes District Council's travel plan
programme and this week 50 pupils learnt skills such as being
aware of vehicles exiting driveways and keeping control of
scooters, especially down hills and around corners.
Police officers were also present at the workshop, which is
based on a Swiss model and has been delivered to pupils at
greater Wellington area schools during the past 12 months.
Greater Wellington Regional Council senior travel plan
co-ordinator Sam Winslow was the workshop instructor and it
is hoped more will be implemented throughout the district.
Ms Winslow said accident statistics show there were a lot
more scooter injuries occurring simply because there were a
lot more children using scooters.
Surveys done in Queenstown show while the number of pupils
''scooting'' to school is relatively low compared to other
travel methods, more pupils would like to scoot to school
given the chance.
Remarkables Primary School principal Deborah Dickson said it
was the perfect time to teach pupils the skills they needed
to control their scooters and stay safe.
''We are lucky to have the opportunity to trial this workshop
in Queenstown, and at Remarkables Primary School where
scootering has become very popular.''