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 RTRA eNewsletter
December 2015

In this issue:


Metro Road
South West
Mundaring Vigilantes


Meeting Minister Simpson
Summer Riding Tips


MIRP Workshop

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Helping to save your riding areas

Dear Member

Summer has arrived, and there are predictions that it's going to be a hot one.  Check out our summer riding tips in this issue.

We also bring you some concerning news about recent man-trap sightings, an update on the thirteen de-proclaimed dams, and the latest on our ongoing negotiations with the State government to get a better deal for trail bike riders.

As this is our last eNewsletter for 2015 we would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, and a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

See you out there...                  

Meeting with Minister Simpson

Later today we will be meeting with the Minister for Local Government, Hon Tony Simpson MLA to discuss our frustrations with the lack of progress with trail bike initiatives.  

It’s now four and a half years since the Government moved a motion in Parliament to support the State Trail Bike Strategy - and seven years since the Strategy was delivered!  

As the Minister for Local Government Tony Simpson is in charge of the Control of Vehicles (Offroad Areas) Act which is a key component in future plans for a better family-friendly facility south of the river, as well as broader plans for Manjimup and Metro Road. Minister Simpson has been supportive in principle, so we’ll be using the meeting to work through how we can overcome the current blockages and get some positive action happening.

Possible Man-Traps in Mundaring and Byford

A report on talk back radio recently suggests that there may be a recurrence of potentially deadly ‘man-traps’ being set on trails in the Mundaring and Byford areas.  

We have not been able to verify the claims, but any possibility of head-height wire nooses aimed at taking out trail riders needs to be treated seriously.  

Be on the lookout, and if you come across anything suspicious please send us a geo-located photo and we will follow up with police and the local government authorities.

Summer Riding Tips 

Summer already.  Heat, dust, fires, wildlife - sounds like fun, doesn’t it!  Here are some of the summer riding tips we’ve collected to keep you safely on the trails this season:
  • Be fire safe: If you must ride on total fire ban days, stick to gravel roads and avoid single track and vegetated areas. Better yet, leave the bike at home and do something else.
  • Stay covered: Resist the temptation to forego some of your protective riding gear. You’ll be air-cooled while you’re riding and a bit of heat beats a dose of gravel-rash.
  • Adjust to the dust: Hang right back so you get clean air.  You’ll see where you’re going and your lungs and air filter will thank you.
  • Watch for wildlife: Early morning and late afternoons are a busy time for wildlife.
  • Hydrate!  Make sure you have plenty of water in your camelback when you start your ride - and keep drinking regularly throughout the day.                     

Trails in the South West 

You may have seen publicity about the South West Mountain Bike plan which was launched on the weekend.  The plan envisages over 800km of mountain bike trails throughout the south west of the State.  

Impressive numbers, but it’s worth remembering that we trail and adventure bike riders already have many thousands of kilometres of great dirt biking trails in the area - all you need is a licence and a registered bike.  

Managing the separation between mountain bikes and trail bikes will require a level of understanding and respect on both sides but we live in a big state and there should be room enough for everyone..

De-proclaimed Water Areas

The Department of Water has provided a map showing the location of the thirteen dams that have been de-proclaimed as drinking water source protection areas.  

These dams have had the restrictions on recreation lifted, opening up trails in the surrounding areas for legal riding (registered bikes / licensed riders only).

A study commissioned by the Department of Sport and Recreation has identified some of these areas for development of additional riding opportunities and we have begun the process of investigating the potential.

The map is available for download from the RTRA web site.

MIRP Workshop

Our Minimal Impact Riding Workshop was held last week at the DSR offices in Leederville.  Themes and content for the program were discussed and some great ideas generated by the group.

How to deal with dieback issues and how to get riders to take personal responsibility for their actions were the hot topics.  The input is now being collated and will be incorporated into the next stage of the project.  

Many thanks to the riders who volunteered their time to participate in the workshop! 

Metro Road Master Plan Meeting

The first meeting of the Metro Road Master Plan Steering Committee will be held this week at DPaW in Kensington.  The meeting will provide the background to the project and discuss the development Framework.

We are still working hard to secure the balance of  the funding for the Master Plan so that we can keep the momentum going. 

Help 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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