The agenda for the inaugural Young Rider Focus continues to take shape, with a number of road safety practitioners confirmed to speak.
Organised by Road Safety GB and FirstBike, Young Rider Focus will be held in Birmingham on 6 March 2019.
The event was conceived following a survey among road safety professionals which confirmed an appetite for a conference focusing on the key issues faced by 16-25 year-old P2W riders.
13 presentations have been confirmed to date – including a number of road safety practitioners, who will share experiences from their regions.
Kevin Wilcox (featured image), road safety officer at Staffordshire County Council, will deliver a keynote at outset of conference – titled ‘Young Riders – Forgotten or Ignored?’.
Since joining Staffordshire’s road safety team in 2004, Kevin has introduced many successful motorcycle-related initiatives.
He project managed a £850k DfT motorcycle project in 2009-2011 and received a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2010 on behalf of Staffordshire County Council for its Motorcycle Road Safety Strategy.
In recent years Kevin has focused more on young rider safety, introducing many new schemes targeting young rider casualty reduction.
Kevin’s presentation will question why the default for most road safety professionals is to focus on young drivers aged 16-25 years, with little thought given to young riders.
He will suggest that many are focusing too much on the wrong target audience and should be concentrating more on reducing young rider casualties.
Debbie Huckle, team leader, safety and travel planning at Brent Council, will present 2Wheels London – an initiative which has been running for more than a decade in partnership with London based employers.
Debbie Huckle has 18 years’ experience working in road safety and alongside her work in Brent is honorary secretary of the London Road Safety Council and vice chair of the 2Wheels London Stakeholder Group.
In her presentation, Debbie will outline how 2Wheels London assists local authorities, agencies and other stakeholders in their aim of reducing the number of serious injuries and fatalities throughout Greater London.
Also on the agenda is Andy Stroulger, RTC reduction manager, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.
Andy has worked for Essex FRS since 2010 and is responsible for all road safety activities and interventions.
Andy’s passion, however, is motorcycling and motorcycle safety, which forms an important part of his portfolio. Andy manages Essex FireBike, an engagement and training initiative seeking to increase rider skills and reduce the number of motorcycle KSIs in Essex.
He is also the motorcycle safety expert for the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP), and his presentation will outline SERP’s new Street Spirit campaign, which specifically targets young current and prospective riders across Essex, aged 16-24 years.
Young Rider Focus
Delegate registration for Young Rider Focus is now open – with tickets priced at £125 for Road Safety GB/Academy members, £150 for attendees from public sector, third sector, academia and ADIs, and £175 (all prices plus VAT) for all other attendees.
In addition, there is the option to purchase a joint ticket covering Young Rider Focus and Young Driver Focus 2019, which takes place in London on 1 May 2019.
For more information about sponsoring and/or exhibiting at the event contact either Richard Storrs on 08451 308 853 or Rachael Butler on 07974 186445.