Two mums, Philippa and Anna, began importing and distributing Swiss-made Micro Scooters in 2004 after spotting one in a London park and started up www.micro-scooters.co.uk. Ten years on there are over one million children scooting to school everyday.
Scooting to school transformed my school run with two primary school-aged children plus a toddler in a buggy (who quickly got a three-wheeled scooter too!). It was faster and fun – no more “I can’t walk any more” – good exercise and certainly greener than using the car. But I soon realised it was important to give my kids some ‘scooter pavement rules’ as they hurtled along busy London pavements.
Young children are often unaware of basic rules of the road so it’s really important you keep a close eye on them while you’re out and about, especially if they’re new to scooting.
Micro Scooters offer a free ‘Scoot Safe’ scheme for teachers and parents, full of tips and advice on how to teach children to scoot safely. “Teach your kids to keep away from the edge of the road, be mindful and courteous of pedestrians and not to scoot too fast, especially around corners,” says Ben Gibson of Micro Scooters.
And don’t forget to label your children’s scooters…our stickers work on anything from ballet shoes, football boots and karate kit to pencil cases and calculators!
TOP TEN SCOOTER SAFETY TIPS
1. Always, always wear a helmet.
2. Don’t scoot too fast on pavements.
3. Always keep your child in sight and never let them get too far in front of you. Ask them to scoot back to you if they are much quicker than you, they can then scoot off again.
4. Be courteous to other pavement users.
5. Check driveways first – listen out for cars that might be reversing out of their driveway.
6. Always WALK across roads, don’t scoot.
7. Look out for changes in the pavement surface as this might cause you to go quicker or slower than you expect.
8. Keep away from scooting on the edge of the pavement; teach your kids to scoot on the inside away from the road.
9. Make sure children are visible in the darker evenings by wearing a reflective jacket or strip, and by attaching a light to the scooter.
10. Wheelie bins can make the pavement very narrow, so get off your scooter and walk past them.
MICRO SCOOTER COMPETITION!
Two lucky My Nametags newsletter readers will win a Micro scooter set worth up to £160/€200. The winners can choose between a Mini Micro or Maxi Micro scooter set which includes a;
- Mini or Maxi Micro scooter
- Micro helmet
- Micro bag
- Micro bottle holder.
The Mini Micro set is suitable for children aged 3-5 years and the Maxi Micro set is suitable for children aged 6-12 years.
All you have to do is get your child to draw a picture of themselves on a scooter!
Send a picture of the drawing to us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook or Twitter with few words on why your child would like a scooter. Please note, if you email us you will receive emails from Micro Scooter afterwards
We will announce the winner on Friday September 19.
p.s. you can download your own set of scooter rules to hang up in your home by clicking here!