Cam­paign to re­claim streets for kids

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South­land 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 Newslink and the Sun­day Star-Times, 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, South­landers can take the pledge by head­ing to the web­site www.neigh­bourly.co.nz/footit.

They can nom­i­nate 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.

It also gives par­tic­i­pants the chance to win one of 50 Mi­cro scoot­ers.

Newslink re­porter Rachael Kelly said it was a great community ini­tia­tive.

‘‘It’s fun, it helps fit­ness and it gets peo­ple walk­ing to school.’’

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 walk the talk.’’

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 for par­ents to 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 go to www.neigh­bourly.co.nz/footit.

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

Scoot­ing with your kids to school is a great way to be a healthy role model.

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