South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership backs New Rider Hub

A one-stop-shop for new and young powered two-wheeler (PTW) riders has been launched in a bid to help them safely navigate life on the road.

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) is helping to promote the new website which contains a host of information on subjects including training, maintenance, security and insurance.

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Following research by the National Young Rider Forum (NYRF), the creation of a website aimed at young riders was recommended, to feature videos and links to online theory and hazard perception resources, as well as suggesting young riders would benefit from opportunities to engage directly with NYRF experts as well as accessing information on the gig economy.

It is hoped the platform will improve young riders’ road skills, knowledge and help to spread road safety messages ultimately reducing casualties.

Joanne Wehrle, manager of SYSRP, said: “We are delighted to signpost our local riders to this new hub, which also features our own YouTube series Mech It Better.

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“It will help to support and empower young people who want to take advantage of travel on two wheels to commute or get around their communities.

“Powered two-wheeler riders are classed as a vulnerable road user group which is why it is so important that we engage with them using a relevant and age-appropriate platform.”

One of the Safer Roads’ partners, national charity Mental Health Motorbike, is also supporting the new site.

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Founding member Paul Oxborough said: “Starting your motorbike journey as a young rider carries a number of risks, both to the rider’s pockets and the potential effect on their mental health well-being if they take unnecessary risks.

“The Hub is a powerful online resource that helps young riders make the transition towards becoming a safer and more responsible rider. This is a website that the team at Mental Health Motorbike are very proud to be supporting.”

The hub is accessible here: https://newriderhub.net/ and more information and support from SYSRP can be found on the website or Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube: @SYSaferRoads.

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