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 RTRA eNewsletter
June 2016

In this issue:

Areas:

Manjimup
Metro Road
Pinjar
Kwinana
Mundaring

Risk Management:

Catastrophic Injury Insurance
Tracking Devices

Events

Pinjar Maintenance June 4






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Winter at last!  No dust, no heat ... perfect!

This month we report on action on several projects, including progress on the exciting Manjimup Trails Hub feasibility and your opportunity to have your say.

Here's a quick update on what's been happening...                    


Where Can I Ride?

Want to know more about where you can & can't ride off-road around Perth? Don't know what a Disease Risk Area is? Want to know what trails are legal for riding in the Mundaring water catchment area?

Then come along to a FREE information night hosted by the RTRA & Overlander Adventure Equipment.

Where: Overlander Adventure Equipment 1/14-22 Farrall Road, Midvale 
When: Wednesday 29th June
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start

Places are limited and bookings are essential.  Click here to book your place.
                  

Pinjar Maintenance Morning - Saturday June 4

Our next Pinjar Maintenance Morning is on this Saturday, June 4.  

We’ll get underway at 9am, and our friends at Parks and Wildlife will be on hand with the barbecue trailer to feed the volunteers.  

Tasks to be completed on the day include a general cleanup around the carparks, a safety inspection of the PeeWee trail, and closing off any unauthorised trail short-cuts that have appeared.

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

Manjimup Trails Hub Meeting

The Shire of Manjimup has commenced their project to explore the potential of Manjimup becoming Australia's first trail bike trails hub.

A trails hub is a town or destination which is widely known for its trails offering with high quality trails suited to a range of experience levels, trail user related services, facilities and businesses.

The RTRA is assisting in the project and we are looking for riders with an interest in the south-west to participate in a focus group in Perth on Thursday, June 16, to explore what riders and their families would want to see in a trails hub.

If you've ever dreamed about a place where trail bikes are not just tolerated, but welcomed; where provisions have been made for family riding and where the needs of riders are anticipated and catered for, then we want to hear from you.

Click here to register your interest in participating in the rider Focus Group on Thursday, June 16.

Further project details are available from the Shire of Manjimup.  
                     

Catastrophic Injury Insurance and Registered Bikes

The RTRA has always recommended buying a road registered trail or enduro bike if you intend to ride offroad, unless you’re too young to have a road licence or are only riding on motocross circuits or in MWA-sanctioned events.

From July 1 there will be another important advantage in having a road-registered bike: catastrophic injury insurance.

Currently, if you have a serious accident that is not the fault of someone else you cannot claim personal injury insurance from the government. That changes on July 1, when catastrophic injury cover commences. Catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, multiple amputations, severe burns and permanent traumatic blindness.

Registration costs will increase by $100 per year for most motor vehicles (including motorcycles) to pay for the scheme, and it will cover you if you are riding a road registered bike even if no one else is involved in the accident (which is usually the case with trail bike related accidents).

We all hope we will never need it, but with the cost of a lifetime of full-time care potentially running into the millions of dollars it’s important insurance to have. 

Metro Road Update

The Metro Road planning process is continuing, with existing trails being mapped in preparation for an on-ground assessment of locations for parking and trailhead facilities. 

We’ll be looking to put together a initial series of signed loops of varying lengths and technical ratings, and will be working with Parks and Wildlife to do an environmental assessment and to plan facilities like car parks and perhaps even camping.


Kwinana Submission Says Expand the Area 

The RTRA has submitted a response to the Government's 'Green Growth Plan' recommending that the Kwinana Off Road Vehicle Area be expanded and properly developed.

The Green Growth Plan is proposing that the land on which the current Off Road Vehicle Area is sited be rehabilitated as a conservation zone, but the RTRA submission highlighted the extraordinary cost of doing this, the difficulty in protecting it and the loss of important recreational amenity if the Kwinana ORV Area were to be closed.

You can read our response here.


Pinjar Motorcycle Area Nominated for Sport and Rec Award 

The Pinjar Motorcycle Area has been nominated for the 'Places and Spaces' Award at the 2016 Department of Sport and Recreation Excellence Awards.

Pinjar is the first off road vehicle area in Australia to be properly developed as a recreational facility and has been recognised internationally for its free-to-use, always-open and user-managed format.

The RTRA and Parks and Wildlife jointly nominated Pinjar and we will find out within the next few weeks whether it has been shortlisted as a finalist.

Whatever the outcome, Pinjar is being seen as a model for Off Road Vehicle Areas and a demonstration that the concept of an open public facility can work if riders and their families take a sense of ownership of the area.  We'll be keeping our fingers crossed!


Tracking Devices a Good Investment 

With recent incidents of riders becoming lost, particularly at the Metro Road area which is largely outside of mobile coverage area, it’s a good idea to ensure at least somebody in the group is carrying a Spot Tracker or similar emergency locator device. 

You’ll need to budget around $250 for the device and a similar amount annually for the satellite service, but if the cost is shared amongst your ride buddies it becomes more manageable. Of course if you ever need to use it you’ll be glad to have it - whatever it cost! 


Minimal Impact: Avoid Wet Areas

Winter riding means some of the places we ride with minimal impact in summer will become waterlogged and prone to damage.

Water is the most damaging thing that can happen to a trail, and where - and how - we ride through wet areas can mess things up for years. 

You can help protect our trails by avoiding trails that develop known bog-holes or swampy patches and not creating or worsening ruts up hills.

If there's standing water on the trail, slow down and ride through it rather than making the trail wider by riding around it. And remember that dieback spreads more easily when mud is picked up on wheels and frames, so be especially aware of DRA exclusion areas and always make sure you wash your bike thoroughly between rides.

Winter is both the best time to ride and the time when the environment is at its most vulnerable. We all need to take responsibility for protecting our trails for the future.


Help Spread the Word

New to the RTRA?  Here are the four key objectives the RTRA pursues:
  • To protect and extend quality, safer off-road riding opportunities for Western Australian recreational trail bike riders of all ages.
  • To promote and encourage safety and responsible riding attitudes, including minimising noise and trail damage.
  • To actively pursue the needs of trail bike riders with State and Local Government, landowners and other stakeholders.
  • To improve the perception of trail bike riding as a recreational activity.
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 
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