banner06
Riding in WAAbout RTRAWhere Can I Ride?ProjectsWhat Can I Do?Membership
The Activity
Bikes and Registration
The Issues
Riders' Rights
State Trail Bike Strategy
Adventure Activity Standards
Objectives
History
Accomplishments
Committee
Constitution and Policies
Contact Us
Trail Topics Blog
Trails
Clubs and Riding Groups
Events
Juniors
Commercial Ride Parks
Off Road Vehicle Areas
Join Up
Responsible Riding
Minimal Impact Riding Tips
Commercial Opportunities
Write to the Government
Volunteer
Spread the Word
Ideas and Suggestions
Supporting Dealers
New Members - Join Up!
Membership Renewals
My Details
Advocacy Campaigns
Trails and Areas
Family Riding
First Aid for Riders
Ranger Incidents Reports
News
Trail Topics Blog
Trails Classification
Gnangara
Gnangara
Pinjar
Lancelin
Kwinana
York
Ledge Point
Karratha
West Coast Trail Bike Park
West Coast Trail Bike Park
West Moto Park
Dirt Rider Heaven
The Ducks Nuts

eNewsletter Archive

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

April 2017

March 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

April 2013

March 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

February 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

June 2010




 RTRA eNewsletter
December 2014

In this issue:

Areas:

Metro Road Cleanup 

Advocacy:

Junior Riders' Licence
No-Fault Insurance
Summer Riding Tips

Events

Pinjar Maintenance Morning Dec 6




Login for more information

To access the Members Only area of the RTRA Web site you will need to log on as follows:

User Name:  {tag_recipientusername}

Password:   
Forgotten your password?







Helping to save your riding areas






Dear Member

This month we take a look at a couple of related issues - the Junior Riders' Licence and No-Fault Insurance.  With the hot weather just around the corner we've also included a couple of important tips for getting through Summer safely.  

As this will be our last eNewsletter for 2014 we would like to thank all of our members for your support this year and wish you an enjoyable and injury-free Christmas and festive season.

Trail Bikes and Young Driver Experience 

Most people would agree that there is a logical connection between the number of hours of experience gained driving while on L plates and the likelihood of passing the driving test. Research from Sweden shows that more driving experience also equates to fewer crashes in the first few years of driving.

Teens under 16 years can’t get that experience here on the roads - but they can on trail bikes. Riding trail bikes gives kids valuable experience in the mechanical aspects of driving - throttle, clutch, brake, gears and steering - so that these skills are properly 'patterned in’ when they start driving on public roads, leaving the mind to focus on what is going on outside the car or bike. Dirt bike riding also gives kids great experience about hazard perception, traction on different surfaces and conditions, braking distances, reaction times and the unpredictability of other riders and drivers. An early start also allows for more parental influence - a twelve year old is more likely to heed the advice of his / her parents than a sixteen year old!

This is why the RTRA advocates for better recognition of the value of trail bike riding for kids - and the need to access proper trails to gain this experience. A ‘junior riders’ licence’ could enable kids under 16 to ride with their parents on designated trails. The idea is recommendation 5.18 of the State Trail Bike Strategy and the RTRA intends to push for a study into this concept to being in 2015.

New Push for No-Fault Insurance 

Momentum is building for the introduction of ‘No Fault’ insurance in Western Australia. Ironically it is a footballer injured in a car accident with a horse that is capturing the media attention, but the benefits of such a scheme would be very significant for trail riders as well.

Beyond the obvious funding of ongoing treatment costs for injured riders, a no-fault insurance scheme would also remove one of the major hurdles preventing public land managers from allowing non road registered vehicles onto their land. And this, of course, is the biggest hurdle faced by the idea of the junior riders’ licence.

We’ll be following this issue and will throw our voice behind the push for this sensible insurance reform.



Pinjar Maintenance Morning - December 6

Our next Pinjar Maintenance Morning is on this Saturday, December 6. We’ll get underway an hour earlier, at 9am, so we can be finished before the weather heats up.

All riders and families who enjoy the Pinjar area are encouraged to come along and lend a hand.                      

Another Successful Metro Road Cleanup

Thanks to a small but effective group of RTRA volunteers we successfully cleaned up three major areas at Metro Road last month.

This was the first cleanup under a new arrangement with DPaW which provides the RTRA with funding which can be used for trail maintenance and development if it is not all expended on cleaning up.  If riders can keep the area clean we can spend more of DPaW's money on improving the riding out there. So remember to do a little cleaning up whenever you are out there and encourage fellow riders to do the same.



Summer Riding Tip #1: Adjust to the dust 

With summer now here it's time to adjust to the dust.

Here are three easy things you can do to make your summer rides more enjoyable and safer:
  • Give it a minute. If you use a corner man system on your rides it doesn't matter how spread out the group gets. So give it a good minute or two before you take off after the rider in front and let the dust settle.

  • Pick your position. After the first few regroups you should know where you sit within the group in terms of speed. Don't take off first if you know everyone is going to pass you, and don't take off last if you know you're going to pass everyone else!

  • Think of the guy behind. A bit less throttle equals a lot less dust, particularly when taking off or entering a dirt road. And if someone faster comes up behind, let them pass at the earliest opportunity.
Adjust to the dust and you'll not only enjoy the ride more but you'll save some time on all that air filter cleaning!.



Summer Riding Tip #2: Be Fire Safe 

Any recreational activity in dry bushland is a fire risk, but trail riding has some added risks so we have to be extra careful when we're out there.
Here are some tips to stay fire safe this summer:

  • Don't park your car on long grass. The hot exhaust can ignite dry grass.

  • Take care when refuelling. Fill up before you go or at a petrol station and if you must refuel from a jerry can make sure you're on bare ground.

  • No campfires, and if you must smoke, extinguish cigarettes on bare ground and pour a little water from your camelback on it just to make sure.

  • It should go without saying, but never remove your exhaust's spark arrestor.

  • Stay on track.

  • Observe fire bans and be aware of total vehicle movement bans that can be proclaimed on extreme fire ban days.

  • If you have an off and your bike goes down on grass or pine needles pick it up as quickly as possible and check to make sure it hasn't spilled any fuel. Hot exhausts can ignite dry grass. It there's any signs of smoldering use your camelback or whatever you have handy to dampen it down.
Our continued access to forests during summer could be jeopardised by a single trail bike-related fire, so we all need to be aware and take extra care.! 

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.


Recreational Trailbike Riders' Association of WA Inc