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 RTRA eNewsletter
February 2016

In this issue:

Areas:

Metro Road
Pinjar
West Coast Trail Bike Park

Advocacy:

Meeting Minister Simpson
Carnaby Cockatoos

Events







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Helping to save your riding areas






Dear Member

Some very welcome rain to dampen the tracks and cool things down.  Hope you were able to get out there to enjoy it this weekend!

We're looking forward to another big year in 2016.  Our Dealer Supporter program is building momentum, there's growing recognition of the value of trails of all types, and some of the projects we've been quietly working away behind the scenes on are going to come to life.

We couldn't have achieved any of this without our many members, so thank you for your support.

See you out there...                  


Search Ends Well at Metro Road

Lost for hours on a 35 degree day at Metro Road, over 7km from the car park. It could have had a tragic ending, but fortunately ten year old Tony Burgoyne was found safe and well.

His dad, Kevin, was kind enough to share some of the details of the incident with us in the hope that it may help prevent similar incidents in the future.  Typical of incidents like this there were a number of links in the chain of events.

Tony took off after his cousin while his dad was still getting ready.  His cousin didn't realise Tony was following, and his dad thought Tony was just warming his bike up and would be back. Tony thought the tracks were all one-way, so he didn't back track once he discovered that he had lost the trail of his cousin.  By the time Kevin got going Tony had passed several trail intersections and Kevin had no idea which trail he had taken.  Tony was eventually found by the SES.  

The incident is a reminder to us all to ride in a group, with a designated lead rider and sweep, using the cornerman system. Have at least a quick briefing before heading off.  Don't turn off the main trail if there's no cornerman there, stop as soon as you think you might have become separated from the group.  Take plenty of water, just in case (Tony had a camelback with water) .  A personal EPIRB like a Spot Tracker is also a good idea in areas where mobile coverage is limited.  There is more useful information in the Adventure Activity Standards for Trail Bike Touring - relevant even for family groups.

Part of the Master Plan for the Metro Road area will be a signage plan which will include emergency trail exit signs to ensure that lost riders can find their way back to the main road, as well as a network of marked trails to help rider who are unfamiliar with the area to get around more safely.
                  

RTRA Strategic Planning 2016

The RTRA Committee will be meeting on Saturday February 13 to review the strategic direction of your Association and to look at project priorities for the year ahead.

If there are any projects that you think we should be tackling, or services we could be providing, please let us know.

Send an email to info@rtra.asn.au with your ideas and suggestions. 

New Retailers join RTRA Dealer Supporter Program

Two new motorcycle and accessory retailers have joined the RTRA's Dealer Supporter Program.

Overlander Adventure Equipment is a fantastic new store in Farrell Road Midvale, catering to the Adventure Rider.  A great range of clothing, accessories and kit for adventure riders, and owners Xander and Tam are really nice people as well!

Canning Vale Motorcycles at Bannister Road are WA's newest Atomik dealer.  They stock a range of quads, motocross and road bikes as well as safety gear. 
                     

Metro Road Planning Framework 

The Metro Road master planning reference committee had its first meeting at the DPaW offices in Kensington in early December.

The meeting reviewed the requirements of the DPaW trails planning framework and considered issues such as the need for longer distance trails and the desirability of locations for camping.

The RTRA will be preparing the draft framework ahead of the next meeting, scheduled for early this month. There will be opportunity for rider input and comment on the framework.                     

West Coast Trail Bike Park Update 

While there is still uncertainty about the long term future of this popular park, John Staines has confirmed that the popular West Coast Trail Bike Park will be open this March long weekend and Easter.

Harvesting of the trees is now scheduled to commence in late April, and John is optimistic that modified trail loops and good management and communication will enable the park to remain open throughout the rest of the year.


Do We Need a Minimum Age Limit? 

You may or may not be aware that under the Control of Vehicles (Off Road Areas) Act rider need to be 8 years of age or older.

The RTRA believes that the minimum age of riders should be a matter for parents, not the government, to decide.

We will be putting a submission to the Minister for Local Government to have this somewhat arbitrary limit removed from the Legislation.

What's your opinion?


Carnaby's Cockatoos Could Save Pinjar Pines

A recent government report recommended retaining  pine trees near Yanchep that are currently scheduled for logging, in order to provide a habitat for the Carnaby's Cockatoo.  

The Pinjar Motorcycle Area already has plenty of pine trees, and a recent visit with Brett Fitzgerald of DPaW found plenty of cockatoos enjoying them!

We will prepare a submission to request that the planned logging of more trees within the Pinjar Motorcycle Area be deferred indefinitely - for the sake of the cockatoos, of course!
          

Meeting with Minister Simpson

The RTRA Met with local government Minister, Tony Simpson in early December.  The meeting was positive, with the Minister committing to following up with his Department to get movement on several stalled projects.

We will keep the dialogue going and will advise members on further developments.

New for 2016 - Automatic Membership Renewal

We have upgraded our renewals processing system and now offer the convenience of automatic membership renewal.  Automatic renewal will be activated the next time you renew your membership and your credit card will be charged annually thereafter.

The RTRA does not handle or store your credit card details - we use the eWay payment gateway which is a PCI-DSS Tier 1 compliant payment services provider servicing tens of thousands of merchants around the world.  You can still cancel your membership at any time.

This change will make life a little easier for our members and will enable us to shift some of the administrative time spend processing memberships into other activities that will be of direct benefits to riders.
                   

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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