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September 2016




Horizons Unlimited
Sep 16-18

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Dear Member

Spring at last! That wonderful time of year when it's damp but not wet, sunny but not hot and the trails are beckoning.

Here's a quick update on what's been happening and what's coming up:

Election 2017 

With the State election only six months away we have been ramping up our approach to politicians from both major parties, especially those in marginal or peri-urban electorates. In August we met with Ministers Tony Simpson and John Day, Deputy Opposition Leader Roger Cook, and MPs, Fran Logan, Mick Murray, Paul Papalia, Tony Buti and Peter Watson. We're awaiting a meeting with Sports, Water and Forestry Minister, Mia Davies.  

We have briefed each politician on the status of the various projects the RTRA is involved in, and have given a consistent message about our frustration with the lack of commitment and funding for the State Trail Bike Strategy. A major topic has been the need for better family riding facilities in the southern suburbs, and we have had an encouraging response from both sides.  

We’ll continue to meet with local members and candidates and will provide members with a 'voting guide’ closer to the election.

WA State Trails Strategy

Trail and adventure bike riders were well represented at the recent Trails Forum hosted by the Department of Sport & Recreation.

The RTRA succeeded in getting motorised trails included in the last five-year trails strategy, and that recognition helped open up Lotterywest Trails grants for trail bike projects. So it is important that we maintain momentum and ensure that the next iteration of this Strategy also endorses trail bikes amongst the range of legitimate forest and trails users..

Short n Curly Maintenance

Parks and Wildlife will be doing much-needed maintenance work on the Short n Curly circuit at Pinjar on Friday Sep 2 and between Monday Sep 5 and Wednesday Sep 7 (it will be open this weekend).

The circuit will be closed while the works are underway,  and riders are requested to not use the circuit until all work is completed and the circuit is officially re-opened.  Please check the RTRA web site for status updates.  

Horizons Unlimited - Pinjarra Sep 16-18

The 4th annual Horizons Unlimited Perth Travellers Meeting - the event of the year for Adventure Bike riders - is happening at Pinjarra 16-18 September.

This three day experience is for everyone who dreams of adventure on the road less travelled and includes presentations from people who’ve been there - and are going back!

For more details and bookings...

Andy Traces A Dumper

RTRA members do the right thing with their own rubbish - and will often clean up after others.  'Andy 400' went a step further recently when he found a pile of promotional flyers dumped on Warbrick Rd Andy got to work, contacting the organisation that commissioned the flyers, who followed up with the company that distributed them and secured an undertaking from them to investigate the individual contractors responsible. 

There are big penalties for illegal dumping - we hope the person responsible gets hammered. Thanks Andy.

Minimal Impact: Always Have an Escape Route

Planning an escape route is an important way of dealing with the unknowns around the next corner. That means constantly being aware of what is either side of the trail and making sure that you have enough control to be able to switch lines quickly if you need to. It also means not doing anything that blocks you in - like riding two or three abreast.

Try this on your next ride; Think consciously at each blind corner or hill crest about where you would head if you suddenly meet someone or something coming the opposite direction.

A little mental practice, a little mental preparation could make a big difference if you ever find yourself in that position.

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