Scoot in for tips on safer skating in the Riverina

17 April 2018

Scooter and skateboard fans are urged to save some time during the school holidays this week to attend free workshops being organised by Roads and Maritime Services to encourage safety in the Riverina.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said Roads and Maritime will host three-hour workshops designed to improve safety for skateboarders and those who use scooters in Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Albury.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the sessions between 10am and 1pm at each of the venues,” the spokesperson said.

“Expert scooter and skateboard riders will be doing tricks and moves – all with safety gear on, such as helmets.

“During these sessions there will also be information on road rules and an opportunity for participants to try their hand with their own skateboard or scooter or one which will be supplied.

“To encourage everyone to use a helmet whenever they are trying something a bit risky on a skateboard or scooter, there will also be a helmet exchange program and the opportunity to win free helmets and t-shirts.”

The spokesperson said the workshops were organised to coincide with school holidays as Roads and Maritime Aboriginal Engagement Officers had observed there is a low usage of helmets among skateboard and scooter riders in both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

“Almost a quarter of children aged five to 14 in Australia take part in scooter or skate boarding activities, so it is important they do so safely,” the spokesperson said.

“The NSW Aboriginal Road Safety Action Plan commits Roads and Maritime Services to addressing road safety issues within Aboriginal communities.

“Participants will also learn about healthy choices and the health benefits of fresh food, hydration and the importance of medical services.”

Roads and Maritime has organised the sessions in partnership with Totem Pro, Intereach, RivMed,

Wellways, Wagga Community Health, Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service, Woomera Aboriginal Corporation and NSW Police.

Locations for these workshops are as follows, between 10am and 1pm. There is no need to register:

  • Wagga Wagga 18 April  – Tolland Skatepark, Bruce Street, Wagga Wagga 
  • Griffith Skatepark 19 April - 5 Olympic Street, Griffith
  • Albury Skatepark 20 April - David Street, Albury
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