Pledg­ing to Foot It for Auck­land’s chil­dren

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Par­ents are be­ing en­cour­aged to make a pledge com­mit­ting to get­ting their kids to school, with­out us­ing the car, one day each week.

It is part of a Fairfax cam­paign, sup­ported by the Cen­tral Leader and the Sun­day StarTimes, called the Foot It cam­paign.

We have teamed up with Neigh­bourly and Mi­cro Scoot­ers to bring change by driv­ing mem­ber­ship of their Foot It clubs - named af­ter each day of the week.

From Novem­ber 20, Ki­wis can take the pledge by head­ing to Neigh­bourly - they can select which day of the week they’re go­ing to Foot It to school, and how. It could be walk­ing, cy­cling, scoot­ing, or some­thing else en­tirely. Mem­bers will also be­come a mem­ber of their lo­cal Neigh­bourly Foot It Group to keep con­nected and in­spired.

Each club is a place to con­nect with other par­ents, com­mu­ni­cate ini­tia­tives and share ideas - plus, it also gives par­tic­i­pants the chance to win one of 50 Mi­cro scoot­ers.

Cen­tral Leader editor John An­thony says the ini­tia­tive is a great way for par­ents to spend ex­tra time con­nect­ing with their kids in the morn­ing while also get­ting some ex­er­cise.

‘‘What bet­ter way to start the day than with a fam­ily walk around the neigh­bour­hood,’’ An­thony says.

Sun­day Star-Times Editor Jonathan Milne says ‘‘we want to re­claim our streets as a safe place for kids to get to and from school, and we see our Foot It clubs as a fun op­por­tu­nity for par­ents to walk the talk.’’

He’s pledged to cy­cle to school ev­ery Mon­day with his 6-year-old son, and both of them are lov­ing it.

A re­cent Min­istry of Trans­port study tracked the de­cline of chil­dren walk­ing or cy­cling to school in favour of be­ing driven over the past 20 years. This has led to may­hem out­side school gates and the un­pop­u­lar­ity of ac­tive modes of trans­port.

Mi­cro Scoot­ers Brand Man­ager Han­nah McHal­ick says ‘‘scoot­ing with your kids to school is a great way to be a healthy role model for your lit­tle ones.’’

The aim is to shift the cam­paign na­tion­wide if it takes off.

Par­ents in­ter­ested in sign­ing up to a Foot It club can visit Neigh­bourly’s Foot It cam­paign page.

Pledg­ing will also give them a chance to win one of 50 Mi­cro scoot­ers.

Roland, 3, has his dad Brian Han­son help him get to day­care on his scooter.

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