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Walkways way to go

Last updated 05:00 28/03/2014

WISE WALKERS: Baverstock Oaks students, from left, Bradyn Trollip, 10, Ariel Chang, 10, Ethan Kidd, 10, Brooke Mason, 10, and Caitlin Beattie, 10, all use walkways to get to and from school.

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Getting to school is no bore for Ethan Kidd.

The 10-year-old Baverstock Oaks student rides his scooter and makes use of the many walkways to get there in good time.

"It's not as dangerous as scooting on the roadside," he says.

Ten-year-old Brooke Mason doesn't have a scooter but is also an avid fan of walkways.

She strolls more than 20 minutes on her trip home and maximises her use of them.

She was first encouraged to hit the pavement through a walking school bus scheme and says she's got fitter and quicker over the last few months.

"First off it was taking me 40 minutes; then I got it down to 30 minutes and now I can do it in only 20 minutes. It's a bit of a personal race."

The youngster says she walks the furthest out of all of her friends, although her experiences haven't always been positive.

"I was walking with my brother and these people went past and pulled the middle finger at us - so I don't like using that walkway any more."

Howick youth education officer Senior Constable Adele White encourages children to use walkways as a safer way of getting to school.

"They generally eliminate having to cross a lot of roads and provide a safe and easy route for young pedestrians."

But Ms White says it's better if youngsters don't walk alone when using them.

"Children should walk directly to and from school."

Ms White is no stranger to East Auckland's walkways.

"I especially love the Rotary walkway in Farm Cove. It is a beautiful walk - but also a fantastic facility for pedestrian and cycle commuters."

  • The police and the Eastern Courier have teamed up to promote the Marching On Campaign - a scheme designed to get more kids walking and cycling safely to school. Today, in the last story of a series, reporter Rose Cawley talks to students who use some of the many walkways in East Auckland to get to class.

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