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 RTRA eNewsletter
April 2014

In this issue:

Areas:

Tree Clearing at Pinjar
Pinjar Maintenance Morning

Advocacy:

MTB Trails
NACC Project
TrailsWA Guide

Events

Easter Riding




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Dear Member

School holidays, an Easter / Anzac day combo - and some cooler, damper weather. The perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy some trails.  There's just time to catch up on the latest news...

Tree Clearing at Pinjar

The Pinjar Off Road Vehicle Area will be closed for up to two weeks, possibly as early as mid May, to enable Forest Products Commission to do some selective logging in the area.

The RTRA has been involved in discussions with FPC and DPaW and we have achieved a compromise that will protect the shade of the car park areas and avoid clear-felling of the area. After logging the area will have more of an open ‘parkland’ feel and should still be attractive.

We’ll advise further when exact dates are known. The completion of the new practice MX circuit will be deferred until after the logging in order to protect the new surface. 


Pinjar Monthly Maintenance Morning

A reminder that our next Pinjar Monthly Maintenance Morning is on this Saturday, April 5, between 10am and 12 noon. If you or your family enjoy riding at Pinjar please come along to help us keep it in good shape.

We’ll be meeting at the Family Zone car park.

Kalamunda Mountain Bike Trails

We’ve received some reports of trail bikes being ridden on designated mountain bike trails in the Kalamunda area.

We would ask all members to respect and stay off these trails for both safety and trail preservation reasons. If you find yourself on a designated mountain bike or walk trail by accident, please slow down, make sure you don’t break traction (which can cut up the surface) and exit the trail at the first opportunity.

It’s all part of respecting and being respected in the trails community and it is in the interest of every rider to contribute to our improving reputation for trails etiquette.


Gone Riding!

We're often riding in remote areas out of mobile phone coverage.  And while we're always riding in a group of three or more (we are always doing that, right?) there can still be times when it is helpful for someone back at home to know roughly where we'll be and when we're expected back.  The 'Gone Riding!' form, available for download from the RTRA web site enables you to provide the basic details of when, where and with whom so if there's an incident and you can't make contact a rescue or recovery can be initiated by someone else.

We'd encourage riders to check it out.  It's good practice and could save valuable time in an emergency.  


TrailsWA Guide

While on the subject of the trails community, trail bike trails are now being included in the Trails WA web site - trailswa.com.au. The first listed trails are at Pinjar, and the intention is to add more progressively.

We encourage you to write reviews of the trails that are listed and to let us know if you have a favourite trail you think should be listed.   



Northern Coastal Project 

The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council ORV feasibility study kicked off last week with a meeting in Green Head. The project’s objective is to identify one or more potential areas or trails for ORV along the coast between Lancelin and Kalbarri.

Information about the project can be found at: www.tbma.com.au/nacc.


Easter Riding 

If this cooler and occasionally damp weather holds, Easter will be primo riding conditions.

West Coast Trail Bike Park is now fully booked for Friday and Saturday, but a few places are still available for Sunday and Monday.

West MotoPark will be open every day (8am - 5pm) over the School Holidays, Easter Break and Anzac Day. That's every day from Saturday 12th to Sunday 27th of April.

If you’re heading north, be aware that Lancelin is likely to be extremely busy and rangers may be turning away vehicles that do not have road or ORV registration. And wherever you ride, make allowances for the fact that the trails are likely to be busier than usual - and that means 4WDs, walkers, cyclists and horses as well as other bikes.  Stay safe!

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.


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