‘Ready to Ride?’

The National Young Rider Forum has launched a new social media campaign to support young riders this Spring.

The campaign includes its ‘Ready to Ride?’ educational film, which details the steps that a young person needs to take if they are considering becoming a motorcyclist.

Funded by The Road Safety Trust and Kent County Council, it covers vital topics such as licensing, PPE, maintaining a motorcycle and riding safely in sections presented by young people themselves.

The campaign was launched ahead of Easter, to coincide with a return to the roads for many motorcyclists, pedal cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians.

It encourages young riders to watch out for hazards on the roads and to make the right choices about what to wear – to give them the best possible protection in the event of a collision.

Heidi Duffy MBE, facilitator of the National Young Rider Forum, said:

“This campaign aims to raise awareness to new and young riders that the warmer, dryer weather will make the roads much busier.

“Therefore, it is vitally important they are watching out for hazards on the roads, as well as making the right choices about what to wear – just in case they come a cropper!”

Ruth Purdie OBE, chief executive of The Road Safety Trust, said:

“It is well known that motorcyclists are over-represented in crash statistics.

“This timely campaign makes use of a great resource, which covers a series of important topics for young riders to consider.”

‘Ready to Ride?’ is designed to fit into school, college and university timetables, or any other classroom opportunity and can be delivered by road safety professionals, emergency service personnel or teaching staff.

The interactive film is 40 mins in length and features young actors who take the audience through five sections of information which potential young motorcyclists will find useful as they set out on the journey to be a new rider.

The film comes in two versions, one with subtitles. It also includes lesson plans and additional presenter information as well as evaluation sheets.

You can watch the film here.



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