Facebook Sessions: Dan Malton

TRF

So Dan - give me a bit of background. You are quite active in the TRF. What do you do?

Dan

Sure am. Basically I joined the TRF in 2012 after passing my bike test. My first bike was a Honda XR250 and I loved the bike, but thought why not use the bike for what it is made for. After plenty of searching the net I found the TRF, I posted on the forum that I was new and wanted to ride some Green Lanes. I was welcomed on the forum and Phil the Manchester TRF contacted me. Phil is a friendly fella and took me out the following week.

Fortunatly for me my first ride was great and I was hooked. I signed up for membership and went out the following week. Little did I know it was a protest. I was confused as to why the TRF were protesting, after being briefed it all became clear. We are losing lanes and our rights to use them. Then all I wanted to do is help the TRF and myself .

TRF

Great stuff Dan. I've heard that the Manchester lot are particularly friendly. So you are quite active in the TRF at the moment aren't you. What do you do?

Dan

You're right. The Manchester are a friendly bunch, we also have members as far as Liverpool & Hull - must be our banter! Im currently active in the TRF. I volunteer my help to the Facebook page. As a user of Facebook i found the TRF page. After a few months of liking the page I thought why isn't anything being posted? There was about 250 likes at this time. I contacted Mike Irving (TRF communications director) and offered my help. After speaking with the officials I got the role. For a while I managed the page myself but as the likes crept up I needed help. So a couple of posts later we have a few admins/moderators - it certainly made things less stressful. The page now has over 3,000 likes with some posts reaching up to 30,000+ Facebook users.

TRF

Do you think Facebook is an important tool to help the TRF reach it's aims? What kind of content do people enjoy watching on there?

Dan

I personally think Facebook is a great tool to attract the general public into the many issues that surround trail riding. For example closures - we receive many questions asking why Green Lanes are closed. I think the members on our page like the videos we share from the TRF website as they give a really good insight to trail riding. I personally really enjoyed The Green Lane Relay.

TRF

What do you think is the most important issue surrounding trail riding at the moment, and how do you think Facebook can be part of the conversation around it?

Dan

The most important issue is keeping the Green Lanes we have. As we are constantly being discriminated against, Facebook can help with objections. It also makes the general public aware of whats happening - 95% of people have no idea there not allowed along the muddy road.

TRF

Thanks Dan! Just to finish - what kind of content are you looking for people to send in for the Facebook page?

Dan

No problem... We are looking for lots of content really wether it be horse events or big long adventure rides - if it involves bikes or rights of way send it in to us! If anybody has any content they wish to share they can simply PM us on the Facebook page or post on the forum we will be more than happy to share your ride photo's and add them to our albums on the Facebook page.

Remember the TRF relies on volunteers. If you feel you can help in anyway please feel free to contact us via Facebook.

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