Young riders the focus of new conference

10.09 | 10 July 2018 | | | | 3 comments

Delegate registration is now open for the inaugural Young Rider Focus conference, with an attractive ‘early bird’ rate of just £100 plus VAT for the first 25 people who book their place.

Organised by Road Safety GB and FirstBike, and the team behind the established and well-attended Young Driver Focus conference, Young Rider Focus will be held at Villa Park, 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.

The conference committee is in the early stages of planning the programme and has published an overview of the likely content, and of the organisations that have already agreed to participate.

Highways England and the DVSA have agreed to take part in a session that will comprise a series of presentations from major stakeholders outlining the barriers and solutions to reduce collisions and casualties involving young riders.

Tanya Fosdick (Agilysis) and Dr Cris Burgess (University of Exeter) will present as part of a session titled ‘an academic perspective’ – while Kevin Wilcox (Staffordshire County Council), Debbie Huckle (London Road Safety Council and 2Wheels London) and Liz Brooker MBE (Lewisham Council) have agreed to contribute to a session looking at education, training and publicity initiatives.

The programme will also include a focus on the the private sector and ‘ask the expert’ – a panel discussion with questions from the floor.

Young Rider Focus has been launched with an early bird rate of just £100 (plus VAT) – which includes the conference, lunch and other refreshments throughout the day – available for the first 25 people who book their place.

In addition, there is the option to purchase a joint ticket covering Young Rider Focus and Young Driver Focus 2019, which takes place at the RAC Club, Pall Mall, London on 1 May 2019.

Click here to register to attend or alternatively for more information contact Sally Bartrum (delegate registration) or Nick Rawlings (conference agenda) on 01379 650112.

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.


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    You say its an age old problem, it’s far more than that. We still have a system that basically requires the extreme basics to be able to appear fit for the road and is done in less than in one day and then what……..Nothing….. We leave them alone and let them kill or maim themselves or others. Any car driver would have to pay for between 40 and 60 lessons before taking a test and we let them out on the road as if they are riding bicycles with no knowledge of the Highway Code or anything else for that matter. We don’t even require them to undergo any further testing if they don’t wish to do so. It’s no wonder they are fodder for the car drivers, or organ donors as some would call them. Many of them are an accident waiting to happen.

    They cost the NHS billions every year and still the powers that can do something about it appear impotent to do anything about it.

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    I think you’ve rather missed the point Bob!
    If we offered to pay young riders £100 to attend, we would still not fill the room.
    The conference is for those involved in influencing Young Riders to look at new ways of possibly doing something positive, about what is, an age old problem.

    Martin A, Ipswich
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    If an organization were determined to improve road safety for young riders, they’d not be asking £100 + VAT… That’s a large chunk of a young person’s income, and thus a substantial impediment to attendance… You won’t help the less affluent riders. VAT on providing a safety related service? Funny thing, VAT. Were I an employer, buying safety boots for employees, I’d have to pay VAT (and probably be obliged by regulations to provide boots) as an individual, my purchase would be zero rated, and I’d probably not be challenged as to why I was buying them (gardening at weekends?) Why VAT?

    Bob Lawson, Kettering
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