There were no funding announcements for the State Trail Bike Strategy in this year’s budget, but that doesn’t mean no progress is being made.
Several projects that support the recommendations of the Strategy are currently underway and we’re still chipping away at the rest.
The new Treasurer is more across the issue (and supportive) and with State Elections next year we will be ramping up the pressure on the Pollies!
Here's what else has been happening:
Storm Debris creates Trail Hazards
The recent cyclone-force winds in the South West have created an incredible amount of damage in the forests.
All riders are urged to take care on the trails as they will almost certainly encounter trees across trails - often around corners or over the crest of hills.
It’s never been more important to follow the rule of always being able to stop within your line of site. Take care out there!
RTRA Presenting at US Conference
RTRA President, Steve Pretzel, has been invited to present an ‘Update from Down Under’ at the National Off Highway Conservation Council’s (NOHVCC) annual conference in Montana, USA in August.
Says Steve: “The opportunity to speak at this national conference is a great reflection of the international recognition the RTRA is receiving. NOHVCC has been an inspiration for many of our local projects and the conference will be a fantastic opportunity to pick up new ideas and meet the people who are creating a positive future for trail bike riding in the US”.
Theft Delays Pilot Trail
In an appalling case of ‘biting the hand that feeds you’ a trail bike rider at Metro Road has stolen the excavator being used to build new trail bike trails.
We know it must have been a rider because the excavator was about a kilometre down a single-track trail - inaccessible to anything but a bike.
If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious around the 9th-14th June please let us know.
Commercial Ride Parks
Looking for new places to ride that are family friendly, well maintained and legal? Check out our new Commercial Ride Parks section on the RTRA web site.
We have maps, summary information and links to the three major ride parks close to Perth and will add further information progressively.
Trials Championships - Volunteers Needed
This year’s Australian MotoTrials Championships are being held in Pinjarra on the 1st and 2nd September.
The organisers need 60 volunteer Observers or Punchers for one or (preferably) both days of the championships. Full training will be given beforehand to anyone wishing to volunteer.
Contact Mark Austin, Australian MotoTrials Championships Observer Coordinator, on 0430 301 557 or 08 9537 2832 for details.
The RTRA attended the first CAN TBAG (Trail Bike Action Group) meeting on Wednesday 20th June.
Convened in response to illegal trail bike riding in the Stratton area, the group is exploring strategies to address local residents’ concerns over safety, noise and environmental impact.
The RTRA will work with the group to help deliver an outcome that works for both residents and riders.
RTRA West Coast Safaris Ride - July 7
There is still time to book in for the RTRA/ West Coast Safaris Hills ‘n Thrills Tour on July 7.
Magic trails and awesome views - this tour takes in some of the most picturesque riding in the South West! Mix it up with single trails, hill climbs, creeks and gullies for what will undoubtedly be a spectacular day of riding.
RTRA members get a $25 discount (pays the cost of your annual membership!) so if you have a licence and a road-registered bike in good condition this is a ride not to be missed. Book now.
New RTRA Committee Member
We have a new Treasurer! Business owner and WR450 rider, Howard Hindley has joined the RTRA Committee. A former motocross rider in the UK Howard has a strong corporate background, currently directing his own company which manufactures and supplies underground ventilation systems to the mining industry.
Howard joined the RTRA committee “Simply to put back into the sport of off road riding and to try to ensure we are able to maintain and improve the off road riding areas we have available.” Welcome aboard, Howard!
Midland Infrastructure Plan
The RTRA has made a submission to the City of Swan’s community infrastructure plan for the Midland area.
The plan’s objective is to identify facilities and services required over the next 20 years. Our submission focussed on the growing popularity of trail bike riding and recommended that a new designated off road vehicle area be included in the planned future facilities.
MTA Forums for Retailers
The motorcycle industry has a key role to play in ensuring the sustainability of trail and quad bike riding in WA. So in conjunction with the Motor Trade Association the RTRA will be holding a series of Off Road Motorcycle Industry Forums open to bike shops and accessory retailers.
The meetings will improve communication with the industry and will further strengthen the voice of riders when dealing with government regulators and land managers. If you are a retailer or bike-related business and would like to attend the forum please contact email@example.com for further information.
Checked out the RTRA Blog section lately? This month Brett laments the ride-scheduling difficulties of the FIFO lifestyle and Steve recounts the story of Nearly-Dead-Dave.
We welcome contributions from members - please contact secretary@RTRA.asn.au.
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.