Scooter & Skateboard
Be Safe2Scoot: Wearing a helmet on your scooter and skateboard can stop your brain getting badly hurt if you fall off. So follow the 2-4-1 steps on how to wear your helmet correctly.

Kick scooters and skateboards provide children with a valuable form of exercise and transport. Learning to ride a skateboard or scooter can be an important part of play, risk taking and development.

The rise in popularity of, and subsequent exposure to, skateboarding and scooting has been coupled with a marked increase in skateboard and scooter related injury.

Scooter & Skateboard Injuries in NZ
THE NUMBERS

>140

children were hospitalised with skateboard related injuries every year.

>30

children were hospitalised with scooter related injuries every year.

6,474

ACC scooter-related injury claims in 2012.

View Scooter & Skateboard Resources

Click the link above to order or download resources (i.e. posters, flyers, infographics) relating to this injury issue.

Learn the helmet 2-4-1 rule 

  • 2: The helmet should be no more than two fingers above your eyebrow.
  • 4: Adjust the straps under your ears. They should form two ‘Vs’.
  • 1: No more than one finger should fit over the chin strap.

Be safe on scooters and skateboards

  • Wear correctly fitting helmets that meet an approved safety standard
  • Ride on the footpath, and watch out for sneaky driveways
  • Give way to pedestrians
  • Cross roads safely on foot, at pedestrian crossings
  • Wear elbow and knee pads when scootering, and add wrist guards when skateboarding.

Safekids Aotearoa sent out information packs to schools acros the country to help inform schools on how to create a safer scooter culture. This is by encouraging children to wear helmets when they ride their bicycles, scooters and skateboards to and from school

The pack contained: 

  • Letter to Principals

  • Bicycle and Scooter Policy Guidelines for schools
  • Bicycle and Scooter Policy Guidelines for Early Childhood Centres
  • Safe2Scoot poster 

Learn more

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