Pupils take on scooter challenge to give their schools a boost

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HAMPSHIRE primary schools are taking part in an inter-school scooter challenge.

Schools will take on the challenge from today until Friday, October 12 in a bid to win a new ‘Scooterpod’ for their school.

The challenge is being held during International Walk to School month with the aim of getting as many school children scooting to and from school during the two week period.

The school with the highest average number of children scooting will win scooter parking equipment, known as a ‘Scooterpod’, worth £460.

Councillor Mel Kendal, deputy leader and executive member for environment and transport, said: ‘There are lots of good reasons to take part in this challenge and I hope that those who take this opportunity to scooter to school, or walk, when they would normally travel by car to school, will notice a difference and continue walk, scooter and challenge for the rest of the school year.

‘By doing so, we should find that congestion on our roads, particularly at peak times, decreases.

‘In the UK, over half of primary school children do not walk to school regularly. Although this is unavoidable in some cases, being driven to school every day means that children do not learn valuable lessons about road safety and how to keep themselves safe.’