Clean Air Scooter Challenge

Why scoot?

Why not?! Parents can put their children's scooters in the back of their car if they live too far away to scoot all the way to school. Then park sensibly 5-10 minutes away from the school site to avoid unnecessary congestion and danger to children around the school gates. Scooters are fairly compact so don’t take up much space at home or in the car. Even younger children can go a reasonable distance at a good pace. They are a great option if parents are short of time on the school run.

 

Take part in our annual Clean Air Scooter Challenge

My Journey run an annual scooter challenge week in the summer term to encourage pupils to ride their scooters to school. Schools simply log whether they came to school by scooter (or bike) each day and email their results to the Travel Planning Team. Your school and pupils could win lots of great prizes!

Challenge winners announced!

Congratulations to Four Lanes Infants in Basingstoke, Hampshire and Ludlow Juniors in Southampton who were the overall winners this year.

Runners up in Hampshire were Knights Enham Juniors and Rownhams St John's Primary with the following also being presented with prizes: Bramley C of E PrimaryChurch Crookham JuniorsOld Basing InfantsNorth Baddesley InfantsBerewood PrimarySarisbury Infants and St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary.

In SouthamptonBanister Primary came second with Moorlands Primary and Sholing Juniors joint third.

Prizes included Scooterpods, adult scooters, child Micro Scooters and Treasure Trails vouchers. Well done everyone - a fantastic effort all round.

Clean Air Scooter Challenge Resources

Please find downloadable copies below of the following:
  • TEACHER TALLY sheet for class teachers to log their pupils' journeys to school that week*
  • An ADMINISTRATOR SUMMARY sheet for you to collate the school results and then submit them to us*
*Please note that, if you are a Living Streets WOW school who uses the Travel Tracker software system, you will be able to direct us to use your WOW results and will not have to keep track of results during the week.
  • PowerPoint LAUNCH ASSEMBLY (for KS1 and KS2) presentation covering education on clean air (Clean Air Day falls on 17/6 during the Scooter Challenge) and the Scooter Challenge. The PowerPoint contains links to our Clean Air books for KS1 (A Wild Walk to School) and KS2 (A Right Royal Adventure) as well as to a Clean Air scooting short film by our friends at Histrionics.
  • STICKER TEMPLATE: an Avery label L7161 compatible template for you to print stickers for pupils in house.
  • PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATE: a printable (or e-mailable) certificate for you to give to pupils who successfully complete the challenge
  • There are also copies of the original leaflets for schools, parents and the A3 poster.
  • There are also lots of other Clean Air resources available here: https://myjourneyhampshire.com/education/air-quality-for-schools/air-quality-resources/
  • SCOOTER TRAINING: Why not use the Scooter Challenge as a reason to do some scooter training in school? Try out our Scooter Training guidelines for teachers.
Share our Scooting film with your pupils!
Meet Baron Karl Von Drais de Saurbrun, who invented the 'street walker' in 1817. He speaks on the importance of making a positive environmental difference in your local community and how greater exercise and clean travel can benefit all.

Perhaps he can persuade you that, if you have the courage to change your behaviour and habits, you too can help to create People-friendly Streets.

Scooter training

Train your Year R to Year 4 pupils how to ride their scooters safely with our Scooter Training Guidelines for teachers and parents. It aims to enable schools to teach pupils how to scoot safely on their journey to and from school, and could also be promoted to parents for use.

There's also a great leaflet on starting scooting by our partner Sustrans.

 

Top tips to share with pupils for scooting safely

  • Pedestrians have priority on the pavement
  • Encourage pupils to stay close to their parent/carer
  • Be aware of other people using the pavement and be polite and considerate to them
  • Take extra care when crossing vehicle entrance/exit points e.g. driveways, and remember that the person there first (car driver, cyclist, pedestrian etc.) has priority
  • Keep away from the kerb
  • Look all around before moving, stop moving or change direction, and look where they are going
  • Wear a helmet and bright, fluorescent clothing to ensure you can be seen
  • Walk with scooters when crossing the road, in crowded areas or other busy areas e.g. the school playground
  • Carry things in a rucksack, not balanced on the handlebars
  • The Highway Code tells us that the speed limit on pavements is 4mph.

 

For information on Clean Air Day, which is on the Thursday of the Scooter Challenge week and is open to KS2 and Secondary pupils, click here!

 

Get involved today!

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