Last month was a very productive month for your association. Read on to see what's been happening - and what's coming up…
First Aid for Trail Bike Riders
Our inaugural Basic Wilderness First Aid for Trail Bike Riders Course was run on the weekend of June 29 and 30 and response from participants has been very positive.
The course emphasises the extended patient management that is required when an injured rider is hours away from professional medical expertise. Treatment for shock, fractures, dislocations, head injuries as well as more minor injuries was covered with plenty of role playing scenarios for participants to practice with. Riders also learned techniques for safe helmet removal and preparing a patient for evacuation using riding and protective gear for splints and slings.
Following the success of the inaugural course we will further refine the content and expect to run the next course prior to the 2014 riding season.
Metro Road De-Littered
Thanks to a small army of 40+ volunteers, around 10Ha and 3km of road verge was cleaned of paper, bottles, cans and dumped rubbish. The final total was estimated at around 500 bags of rubbish collected
The day was a joint RTRA / DEC Perth Hills District initiative, with DEC taking care of the volunteers with coffee and a BBQ lunch
We would like to thank Paul Udinga and Terry Goodlich from DEC, and all of the RTRA members, friends and family who made the effort and made the day such a success. Thanks also to the Keep Australia Beautiful Council who supplied bags and gloves.
With the long-awaited resurfacing of the Family Trail now underway we met with DEC to discuss the next stages of the Pinjar development
The North Loop and South Loop trails will be graded to reduce the whoops and planning will soon commence to modify and surface the 800m Short n Curly trail giving it more of an MX circuit feel
There are a couple of other ideas under consideration which we're hoping to include in the plan - more on these soon
Pinjar Maintenance Morning - Saturday July 5
While DEC is taking care of the 'heavy lifting' with trails construction at Pinjar there is still the need for members and friends to assist in minor maintenance work
The first of our planned monthly Saturday Maintenance Mornings will be on July 5. Anyone who can lend a hand is invited to come along for an hour or two to help clean up, block off unauthorised trail shortcuts, identify and fix any hazards and generally keep the place looking good. This month's emphasis is on the PeeWee trail where the safety of younger riders is our main objective.
Meeting point is the Eastern car park (near the PeeWee trail) at 9am.
ORV Advisory Committee to be Reconvened
The new Minister for Local Government, Hon Tony Simpson, has instructed the Department of Local Government to reconvene the Off Road Vehicle Advisory Committee.
Members may recall that Minister Simpson's predecessor allowed the advisory committee to lapse (contrary to the legislation) which prevented any forward progress on improving areas like Kwinana, Lancelin and Karratha. It's good to see the new Minister taking a more active interest.
State Trail Bike Strategy Back on the Table
There has been a flurry of questions from various government agencies about trail bike injuries, areas and project costings, indicating that another Cabinet Submission is being prepared
We know that Ministers Waldron and Simpson are still pushing hard to get the government to commit to funding the strategy and that the Department of Parks and Wildlife (formerly DEC) and Department of Transport are also working through the processes raised by the Strategy.
Maybe, just maybe, we're getting close to success on this.
A4DE July 17-20
We're usually more into riding than watching, but if you're not competing or volunteering for the Australia 4 Day Enduro, it will be a great opportunity to see some of Australia's best riders close-up and personal
See http://2013a4de.com.au/ for details
The RTRA will be promoting the positive aspects of recreational trail bike riding during Outdoors October - a new promotion of 'adventurous outdoor recreation' coordinated by Outdoors WA
More details soon.
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.