Pledging to Foot It for Auckland’s children
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.