Scooter Training

Winner of Sustrans' Competition for Best Practice in School Travel Planning (2009).

ScootersAt school, some young children receive Footsteps pedestrian training, a message worth reinforcing when children start scooting on their own. Drawing upon our experience as Footsteps tutors and Cycle Trainers (off-road and on-road), we set up a programme of Scooter Training.

Scooter Training GamesThe aim of this programme is to use the scooters as a fun and active way to revise and reinforce basic pedestrian safety messages. The key safety messages are equally relevant to younger children and to older children who walk or scoot independently to school, to the local shops or around where they live.

Our programme is progressive and adapted from Reception to Year 6:

  • Level 1 for Reception to Year 2: Scooter control and pavement etiquette
  • Level 2 for Years 3-4: Scooter control, pavement etiquette and priorities at driveways
  • Level 3 for Years 5-6: Scooter control, pavement etiquette and priorities at driveways, with more practice on the pavement with side roads and driveways

We have also successfully tailored our programme to suit pre-school groups for children as young as three.

The class is divided into three groups, each group visits three Workshops:

  • Scooter Training DiscussionWorkshop 1: Discussion
    • Why ride a scooter
    • Getting ready: unfold your scooter; scooter maintenance; handlebar height
    • Where and when to scoot: places to scoot; what to wear; how to carry things; scoot in wet conditions; scoot in the dark
    • You’re off... speed, pavement etiquette, driveways
    • Practice the Green Cross Code
  • Workshop 2: Scooter Control Games
    • Scoot on a straight line
    • Stop and Emergency stop
    • Scoot around obstacles: slalom, funnel, turns
    • Look behind
  • Workshop 3
    • Pavement Etiquette: pedestrians have priority on pavements; discussion about manners; organise a course along a pavement; practice interacting with pedestrians
    • Priorities at driveways: who goes first? check all around, communicate

Scooter Training PaceIn 2008 we delivered this training to all 12 classes in Haddenham. Feedback from the children, teachers and parents was very positive. Bucks County Council Travel Team have decided to buy our programme and promote it amongst all schools in Buckinghamshire. Furthermore, Sustrans selected this programme in their competition on best practice for School Travel Planning (2009).

Following scooter training, children can scoot to school more safely. They know that pedestrians have priority on the pavement and that they must show consideration. They also know that the Green Cross Code applies for both crossing a road and crossing a driveway.

Increasingly, more schools schools in Buckinghamshire and further afield are asking us to deliver scooter training sessions. Details on costs can be found on our rates page.

Haddenham Cycle Training message

Scooter ControlWhen scooting, remember:

  • Pedestrians have priority on the pavement
  • Always be polite and considerate
  • Push your scooter or scoot at walking pace on crowded pavements
  • The Highway Code tells us that the speed limit on pavements is 4mph
  • Carry things in a rucksack, not balanced on the handlebars
  • When crossing a driveway or a road, remember to always look before you cross and remember that the person there first (car driver, cyclist, pedestrian etc) has priority

Feedback from a teacher: On behalf of our school, I want to say a big thank you for your work with us for the Scooter Training. The children had a wonderful time and I am sure, that whilst having fun, they learnt a lot about being safe on their scooters. I am sure we will be in touch soon regarding more training.

Interested in Scooter Training?

Contact us if you are interested in Scooter Training sessions.