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 RTRA eNewsletter
February 2015

In this issue:

Areas:

Pinjar Fires
Metro Road Signage 

Advocacy:

City of Swan Guidelines
CALM Regulations

Events

Pinjar Maintenance Morning Feb 7
Junior MCC GoMoto day
Ride With Me App




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Helping to save your riding areas






Dear Member, 

This month: A new App to help riders find places to go and fellow riders to ride with; two lucky escapes for Pinjar and the latest in the City of Swan noise guidelines.  Plus something you probably didn't know! 

Read on to catch up with the latest RTRA news...

Pinjar Escapes Inferno - Twice! 

On two occasions in January the Pinjar Motorcycle Area came perilously close to being destroyed.  The first Bullsbrook fire crossed Old Yanchep Road at the southern corner and burnt a section of pines, being stopped just south of the Family Trail.  Then this week a fire started to the west of the area on Hopkins Road and moved north east - again just missing Pinjar.

These two incidents highlight just how vulnerable pine plantations are in a Western Australian summer.  A stray match or cigarette butt, or the hot exhaust pipe of a fallen bike could have devastating consequences.  

Please be extremely careful out there!  We suggest checking rtra.asn.au/pinjar  before you go to make sure the area is open.  During extreme fire risk conditions DPaW will sometimes close recreational areas.

(P.S. - Our next Pinjar Maintenance Morning is Saturday Feb 7)


City of Swan Noise Guidelines 

The proposed guidelines for motorcycle riding on private property in the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring have certainly sparked some heated debate!  

The RTRA is compiling a response and we’ve had input from over 150 people who regularly ride on private property in these areas.  We also met with the City of Swan and MWA during January to discuss the issue, clarify what the City is proposing and to express our initial concerns.  

The deadline for submissions has been extended until the end of February, which will give us time to develop a response and get feedback from riders before submitting it.  You can read more background on this issue here.



Ride with Me

Looking for a ride near you?  Want to invite someone to ride with you for company and safety?  Want to coordinate your regular crew without the hassle of multiple phone calls and emails?  

Well there’s now an App for that!   Ride With Me has been developed by long time RTRA Member and Crusty Quinns ‘elder’, Colin Bayman and it’s now available on the App Store.  You can use the Ride With Me App to search for upcoming rides of different types (road, dirt, adventure or bicycle), technical levels, distance and starting point.  Or you can call your own ride and have other riders join you. 

It’s a great idea, solves a real problem and has been well implemented.  Check it out!
                      

Pilot Trail Re-Signed

As part of the maintenance and monitoring element of the Pilot Trail program, all the directional signage at the Metro Road Pilot Trail has just been renewed.   Still plenty of whoops out there but at least you'll know where you're going!

We still have some budget available for trail improvements and will be planning works in the area as soon as there is some new moisture in the soil.



Fined for a Bike on a Trailer? 

Did you know that you could be up for a $1,000 penalty just for having an unlicenced bike or quad on your trailer or ute in a state forest, conservation reserve or national park?

The wording of Section 52(1) of the CALM Regulations makes it clear that it is an offence to ‘drive into or within, or bring into or have within’ a vehicle that is not licenced for road use.

No problem if it’s a road registered trail bike.



Junior GoMoto Day at Wanneroo 

The Wanneroo Junior Motocross Club is hosting its first Go Moto Event for 2015 to be held on the 8th of February at the Pinjar Park Track. The event targets riders (bikes and quads) aged between 4 and 19 years of age who are thinking of riding Motocross but not sure where or how to get started.

There will be FREE Go Moto Licenses available for any riders that have never been issued with one or held a MWA Licence before.


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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