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RTRA e-Newsletter

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RTRA e-Newsletter
July 2011

In this issue:

Areas:

Minister to visit Gnangara
More Trails for Pinjar
Pilot Trail Plan Approved

Advocacy:

Adopt a Bike Shop
Deputy Opposition Leader meeting

Minimal Impact:

Why washing before you get  home makes sense
 










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Trails development is the theme this month, with good news in several areas.

Read on to find out what's been happening.

Pilot Trail Gets DEC Approval

It’s been a long time coming but we’ve finally had confirmation that DEC has approved the alignment of the proposed Pilot Trail Bike Trail.

This project is more about the process of developing trails as it is about the trail itself, so already we have learnt a great deal about the hoops that have to be jumped through to get approval to create new single-track!

The trail can now be flagged and its current condition documented. Construction work is expected to commence in August.



More Trails soon for Pinjar

The popularity of the two new surfaced trails at Pinjar has prompted DEC to bring forward the development of another 8-10km of trails in the area.

The next stage of trails development will be faster, more open trails in the ‘intermediate / advanced’ precinct. They will be graded but not surfaced, so they will be suitable for quads and more advanced riders.


PeeWee Trail - Don't Spoil it for the Kids!

The RTRA will be erecting new signage on the PeeWee trail at Pinjar requesting all riders to take it easy on the PeeWee trail.

This trail was designed and surfaced to be an easy ride for the youngest riders on the smallest bikes, but aggressive riding of bikes and quads is chopping up the surface and making it more difficult for the youngsters to ride.

Everyone is welcome to ride the trail, just do so at the pace of a junior novice.


Minister to Tour Gnangara

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Terry Waldron, will visit Gnangara later this month to get a first hand look at the deplorable condition of the place. Minister Waldron is under pressure to secure Cabinet commitment for the State Trail Bike Strategy and we reckon a quick visit to Gnangara should give him plenty of ammunition!  We'll let you know his reaction in next month's newsletter.

Meanwhile members of the RTRA Committee had a productive meeting with the Deputy Opposition Leader, Roger Cooke MLA, last week. Mr Cooke is the member for Kwinana and has been a vocal supporter of the Strategy in Parliament.

The Sweep goes to Broome

Sorry ‘bout the bad pun, but we just couldn’t resist this story about Roley Bayman who is a great supporter of the RTRA and a regular sweep on Crusty Quinns rides hopping on a postie bike with 31 other crazies and riding to Broome.

The event raised much needed funds for the Lions Club and the RFDS.

Adopt a Bike Shop

How well do you know your local bike or accessory shop? RTRA is looking for volunteers to ‘adopt’ a bike shop and keep them supplied with membership brochures and information about RTRA activities and programs.

If you spend some time at your local dealer or accessory shop and think you can help promote the RTRA, drop us a line at info@rtra.asn.au.

Is There a Car Wash on Your Way Home?

With the wet season now upon us everyone knows how important it is to properly wash your bike between rides to prevent the spread of dieback. But here are three good reasons to wash your bike at a car wash on your way home.
  1. Mud is easier to get off while it’s still wet
  2. One less thing to do when you get home and you really just want to put your feet up and grab a beer
  3. You may not realize it but washing your bike at home can actually introduce dieback into your backyard or neighbourhood.
So remember to keep some change handy and plan a route home that will take you past a car wash.

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.


Recreational Trailbike Riders' Association of WA Inc
PO Box 273 Darlington WA 6070
www.rtra.asn.au