Scooters in spotlight this Sunday
Open day debunks scooter mythANNA LOREN
Scooter riders can get a lot of hate but "mainstreaming" the sport should fix that, Ricky Malcolm reckons.
A free competition this Sunday aims to boost the scooter's popularity and make skateparks a safer place for all. The organisers are hoping for a bumper turnout at Barry Curtis Park where kids will get the chance to compete in a "scooter Olympics"-style contest, team games and win prizes and giveaways.
They'll also be drilled on skatepark etiquette and sharing public spaces.
It's all part of a wider message around safe and sustainable transport, organiser Jay Simpson says.
Ever-increasing numbers of Aucklanders are using bikes and scooters and he wants to see that grow further.
"We're about anything that gets people off the sofa and gets them leading longer, healthier lives."
The event is sponsored by Bike Barn Manukau and action sports label Madd Gear Pro and is organised in partnership with Auckland Transport, which has approached 20 local schools to take part.
It's for primary and intermediate school pupils first and foremost but anyone is welcome to watch or to join in.
"Put it this way, if a mum or dad or a grandparent turned up and wanted to have a go on a scooter, I'd definitely hook them up," Mr Malcolm says.
Pro riders Matt de Vries, Darryl Steffensen and Jaydon McKenzie will also be demonstrating tricks.
The event will be held from 1pm till 4pm at Barry Curtis Park, Chapel Rd in Flat Bush.
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