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   How's my riding? Dial 1-800-YES-YOU

    Monday, August 15, 2011

Author:  Tadhg MacCarthy

If you're reading this - you're likely a member or prospective member of the RTRA. You want to see a future for the sport of trail riding - so we don't end up like the Jetski community who ignored the warning signs and are now limited to a 4m square area under a bridge to jet & ski.

You also likely know or come across a number of other riders who don't see the issues or think that their action or inaction can make a significant difference?

What do to do when faced with these riders who need to be educated about the issues?

A recent discussion on a local WA site www.crustyquinns.com is a good example of this.

As a background, the Crusty Quinns is a Perth based non-club of riders who get out riding most weekends. They are different in that other riders are welcome to join - but they must be licenced and on registered bikes. This is a stance that does make a significant difference in showing government agencies and others that trail riders are willing to be licenced and registered to access the legal trail network.

Recently a visitor to the site posted up a lengthy tome of his experience of getting pinged by a ranger for being in an illegal area - with some potential dodgy accounting practices for the receipt for the fine.

The feedback fell into two distinct areas:

  1. Thanks for the feedback - bad luck on the experience
  2. WTF? What are you doing riding a registered bike in a highly illegal suburban area. Get real!

This where I tell you that I was one of the people who's feedback was of the robust 2). variety and you should do the same.

Unfortunately not - I wimped out with a feeble variety 1) feedback.   I've had a good talk with myself and hopefully I'll do better next time...