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RTRA e-Newsletter

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RTRA e-Newsletter
November 2010

In this issue:

Areas:

Pinjar Progress update
Battle for the Blackwood

Advocacy:

State Trail Bike Strategy
ORV Working Group
Pilot Trail Project Update
Minimal Impact Project Update
New Appointment to Advisory Committee

Events:

Quad Come 'n' Try Day
West Coast Trail Bike Park

Riding Tip:

Adjust to the Dust






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Helping to save your riding areas

Dear Member,

The weather - and the political climate - are continuing to hot up.  Our campaign to draw attention to the State Trail Bike Strategy is going well, the new Pinjar trails are progressing and with several other projects on the go it's a busy time for your Association.

Catch up on what's happening...

Strategy Campaign Hitting its Mark

Our campaign to raise awareness of the State Trail Bike Strategy among MPs and Ministers has been very effective. Many members have taken the time to write or email and from the examples that have been copied to us they are all making excellent points from their personal perspective.

Several responses have been received from MPs, but the main objective is to ensure that the pollies are well aware of the importance of the Strategy when they come to discuss it or vote to fund it.

Thanks to all those members who have taken the time to write to a Minister.  If you haven't yet done so you can find out why this is important here...


Pilot Trail Project

Following a very encouraging workshop with riders and representatives from DEC a small working party hit the trails last week to map out a potential alignment for the new Pilot Trail.

An 18km loop has been identified and has been put forward as a draft proposal to DEC. The proposed loop includes fire-trail and goat-track style riding and should provide a good opportunity to rehabilitate some whooped-out sections, remediate and armour some single trail and potentially create some new single trail to re-route the trail around flora protection areas.

You can read more information about this project here.

New Appointment to Off Road Vehicle Advisory Committee

RTRA Treasurer, George Lowry, has been appointed to the Off Road Vehicles Advisory Committee, replacing Valerie Pretzel whose three year term expired in June.

Minister for Local Government, John Castrilli, has appointed the new committee only until June 2011 in the expectation that the State Trail Bike Strategy will influence the way this committee is structured and operates.


Minimal Impact Riding Program

The Rider Workshop held in October brought together a range of different ages, gender and riding styles to explore the relationship between how we ride and the impact we have on the environment.

This is the second stage of the project which will now move into identifying which of those relationships have the most potential to lessen impacts - and be achievable in terms of gaining rider acceptance.

More information about this project can be read here.


DEC Off Road Vehicle Working Group

The first meeting of the new DEC Off Road Recreational Vehicle Working Group was held in October. RTRA has been invited to participate on this group alongside the 4WD Association and Track Care.

The objective is to develop standardised guidelines for the management of trail bikes and 4WDs on DEC land to eliminate inconsistencies between districts and to better cater for the increasing numbers of people choosing motorised recreation.

The group will be meeting regularly over the next 6 months to develop the guidelines and RTRA has foreshadowed to the group its intention to push for an increased trails inventory as an objective.

Pinjar Progress

Following a brief delay the sign plan has now been approved and signs have been ordered.

The intention is to have the tracks graded and compacted by the time the signs are in so that riders will know where to go when the new trails are open to the public.  We're now expecting the new trails to open before the end of November.

Read more information on this project, including a great quote from Australian Dirt Bike Magazine.


Quad Bike GoMoto - Come and Try Day  

Wanneroo Junior MX Club is the venue for a 'Come and Try' day on November 6.

For $30 you can ride on a fully prepared motocross track and enjoy a free barbecue dinner on Saturday night (for registered riders and family).  No charge for spectators.

Juniors, seniors, mums and dads are all welcome.  Quad bikes must have nerfbars and a killswitch.

The venue is Pederick Rd Neerabup, approx 5km north of Wanneroo.  A full bar and canteen will operate on the day.  For further details and to register contact:

Dave:  petersen4@optusnet.com.au
Ozy:  aosborne@macmahon.com.au


West Coast Trail Park Open 27/28 November

The next open weekend for the West Coast Family Trail Park in Kirup is November 27-28.

More improvements have been made recently, including more trail kilometres, improvements to drainage, better parking / camping facilities and preparation of the natural terrain circuit.

See the West Coast website for details.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the RTRA was held on Wednesday 13 October at the Sports Association, Stancliffe St, Mt Lawley.  

Brett Grandin was nominated to stand for Committee and all current members renominated.  As the nominations did not exceed the vacancies there was no need for an election and all were appointed. 

We welcome Brett to the Committee.


Battle for the Blackwood

Opposition to trail bikes in the Blackwood Valley is mounting and DEC is responding to heat from residents and eco-tourism operators.

An information flyer is being distributed by Shire and DEC rangers advising riders that they can only ride on established roads.

If DEC were to fully enforce this it would mean an end to some of the best single-trail riding in the State.  RTRA will be meeting with DEC to discuss what can be done to reach a compromise position that addresses some of the concerns of non-riders without shutting out riders from areas that have been used for many years.
 


Riding Tip: Adjust to the Dust

With summer just about here (and summer riding conditions already here!) it's time to adjust to the dust.  Sadly we have already had a report of a fatal accident where poor visibility on a dusty road was a contributing factor.

Three easy things you can do to make your summer rides more enjoyable and safer:

1. Give it a minute.  If you use a corner man system on your rides it doesn't matter how spread out the group gets.  So give it a good minute or two before you take off after the rider in front and let the dust settle.

2. Pick your position.  After the first few regroups you should know where you sit within the group in terms of speed.  Don't take off first if you know everyone is going to pass you, and don't take off last if you know you're going to pass everyone else!

3. Think of the guy behind.  A bit less throttle equals a lot less dust, particularly when taking off or entering a dirt road.  And if someone faster comes up behind, let them pass at the earliest opportunity.

Adjust to the dust and you'll not only enjoy the ride more but you'll save some time on all that air filter cleaning!



Is your Membership current?

Not sure if your membership is still current?  You can now check your renewal date online.

Just login to the RTRA web site using your member details shown above.  The renewal date will be shown along with your current contact details.

If your renewal is due you can renew by clicking the Membership Renewals link.

Spread the Word

The more members we have, the more we can achieve.  If you have riding buddies who are not yet members of the RTRA, forward them this email and give them a prod to join up.


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