An early start to nature's dust control with the wettest March in 40 years. A new Local Government Minister, an Australian 4 Day Enduro in WA this year and several thousand kilometres of trails to be explored.
This riding season is shaping up to be a ripper!
New Local Government Minister
The State Election results look promising for riders, with the Member for Darling Range, Tony Simpson, taking on the Local Government portfolio formerly occupied by John Castrilli.
The Hon Tony Simpson was previously Chair of the State Trail Bike Strategy Joint Agency Implementation Committee and is well across the issues and an advocate for the Strategy. Under the old Minister the Department of Local Government was always an obstacle, so we will soon be knocking on the new Minister's door to get some action happening.
Meanwhile we were pleased to learn that Terry Waldron retained the Sport and Recreation portfolio. Minister Waldron is sympathetic to our cause and this avoids the time, energy and risk associated with having to get a new Minister up to speed on the issue.
Pic: Tony Simpson (centre) at the launch of the Pinjar Family Trail
Help Wanted for Harvey Fresh 2013 Australian 4-Day Enduro
Long-time RTRA member and coordinator of the Australian 4 Day Enduro, Collin Jennings, is seeking volunteers to help with the running of this prestigious event July 17-20.
There are lots of ways to be involved and jobs include:
- Helping sign the event in the weeks leading up
- Helping sweep during the event
- Assisting with Special Tests and timing
- Lots of others.
Helping at the A4DE is one of the best ways to get involved in the action and atmosphere of this great event.
You can register online to volunteer. More event info at www.2013a4de.com.au
RTRA at York Motorcycle Show
If you're heading out to York for the Motorcycle Festival on April 21 make sure you drop by the RTRA stand.
We'll be there waving the flag for recreational trail riders and always enjoy having a chat to members.
Quit Forest Rally - April 5-7
If you're heading south this weekend (and with milder weather and even some rain forecast why wouldn't you!) then be aware that the Quit Forest Rally is being run in the Busselton / Nannup area.
The event will be well signposted at major roads and routes, but there is always the possibility that you could pop out of a quiet single trail deep in the forest somewhere and straight onto the rally route.
Check the Spectator Guide for route details.
Pinjar Connector Loop
With the western car park now complete at Pinjar a 'Connector Loop' has been created to enable riders to move from either car park to any of the trails. It's been designed to separate bikes and cars, making it safer for riders to move from one area to another.
The Connector Loop is two-way, and riders are asked to keep speeds down until they're on the trails themselves and to be especially careful crossing Orchid Rd.
Gnangara Traffic Counter Stolen
Late last year the RTRA installed a traffic counter on the Lexia Loop so we could see how popular this 8km trail was becoming. Unfortunately some mindless prat stole it before we were able to get a reading.
As a result we now don't have the information we could have used to maintain this trail better, extend it or create new trails in the area.
Not to mention the $600 that the unit cost us - the equivalent of 24 annual member subscriptions!
RTRA Committee Vacancy
We currently have a couple of vacancies on the RTRA Management Committee. If you are interested in the future of the RTRA and would like to get more involved please let us know. We are also seeking someone with an interest in quads and / or side by sides so that we can better understand (and work towards addressing) the specific concerns faced by owners of these vehicles.
You can contact us at email@example.com.
Minimal Impact - Think 'Win-Win'
When it comes to caring for the environment some riders adopt a Win-Lose approach: "I'm going to win by having all the fun I want and I don't care if the environment loses by me ripping it up". Unfortunately this approach inevitably becomes Lose-Lose because riders get shut out of all but the most degraded areas.
The Win-Win approach says: "I'm going to treat the environment with respect (so it 'wins') and that means I will win, too, because there will always be good places to ride."
There are lots of techniques for minimising impact without impacting on fun, but it all starts with getting in the right head-space. So think Win-Win next time you head to your favourite area or trail.
Follow the RTRA on Facebook
Our new Facebook page is proving popular and we'll continue to expand this as a way of making it easier for our members to engage with the RTRA.
We hope you 'like' it - and don't forget to share it with your friends!
You'll find us at www.rtra.asn.au/facebook
Spread the Word
If you think the RTRA is having a positive impact for riders, just think how much more effective we'd be if we had double the members. It's actually not that hard - all it takes is for each member to find one other rider to sign up. If you have riding buddies who are not yet members of the RTRA, please forward them this email and give them a prod to join up.