Parents and children will now be able to scoot the school run together after an adult scooting initiative has been launched in Whitehill & Bordon.
East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) is working closely with Hampshire County Council to encourage more adults to scoot around the town as part of the Healthy New Town programme.
A total of 24 adults participated in a `try before you buy’ adult scooter trial at the Bordon and Oakhanger Sports Centre (BOSC) launch, where they had to navigate around a simple course and test their skills on an adult scooter.
The scooting session was a big hit, with various adults commenting on how much fun they had. Hampshire County Council asked everyone that took part on the day to fill in a survey to gain some feedback on whether scooting would be popular with the adults of Whitehill & Bordon.
Adult scooters seemed like a particularly good idea for the school run – with 71 per cent of the adults that took part saying that it would be good to scoot to school with their child.
Active travel is high on the agenda at Hampshire County Council and EHDC – particularly in Whitehill & Bordon to ensure that the town is the healthiest it can be.
Currently, 27 per cent of the adults surveyed use their car for the school run and 90 per cent use it to go to the shop (both less than two miles for all the adults surveyed). EHDC and Hampshire County Council are committed to bringing this number down so that more people are traveling actively for short, local journeys.
Cllr Ferris Cowper, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “As part of making Whitehill & Bordon one of the healthiest towns in the country, it’s important that residents are walking, cycling or even scooting short journeys around the town as much as possible.
“Adult scooting is a fun and enjoyable way to increase your daily exercise, enjoy some fresh air and can even be done with your children or grandchildren, what’s not to love! We encourage more adults to get involved in the initiative and hope to see you all scooting around the town soon!”
Cllr Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “The new relief road gives us the ideal opportunity to take a fresh look at how people get around the town.
“The county council is working on a number of proposals to improve facilities for walking and cycling to integrate new developments with the existing town, such as providing improved routes and more crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists and make it easier for existing residents to access the new facilities.”
Parents of primary aged children within the Whitehill & Bordon area who are interested in borrowing an adult scooter to try before buying one should contact their child’s school office for further details.
For more information about the initiative, please email Hampshire County Council: firstname.lastname@example.org