Posted on 16th April 2015
Safer Neighbourhood officers in Amber Valley are encouraging local youngsters and parents to consider smarter and more sustainable ways to travel to and from school.
A Scooter Smart event took place at Codnor Community Primary School on Tuesday, April 14, with more than 135 students taking part in the fun training, as well as teaching staff and some parents.
PCSO Courtney Chetwyn from the Heanor and Loscoe Safer Neighbourhood Team; PCSO Jenny Lorimer from the Codnor, Waingroves and Langley Mill team and PCSO Sarah Dufton from the Ripley Town Centre team were also there to enjoy the activities.
The event coincides with the national Modeshift Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition Scheme (STARS) that aims to reward schools for their efforts to promote sustainable travel. It was organised in partnership with the Sustainable Travel Team at Derbyshire County Council.
The training saw youngsters learn about pavement courtesy, crossing the road safely, staying in control of their scooter and wearing bright clothes so they can be easily seen.
At the end of the training, every child received a certificate which included information on the Scooter Smart Code.
PCSO Lorimer said: “It’s fantastic to see young children participating in physical activity and learning to do so in a safe environment. All the children involved have a brilliant time and learn vital safety information allowing them to use their scooters outside of school safely.
“I think this is a great scheme and all of the children enjoyed themselves thoroughly. It’s really nice for us as a police force to be involved in such a great scheme and assist in helping to keep young people safe.”
Teaching and Learning Assistant at the school, Rob Webb said: “For some parents, travelling by scooter is a fun and active way for their children to get to school. If it also saves making the journey by car, it can really help to reduce traffic congestion around the school.
“Working in partnership with the Safer Neighbourhood team officers, and the local authority, on the Scooter Smart initiative gives the children the skills to make the journey safely by encouraging them to scoot with care and to look out for pedestrians and vehicles.”