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April 2017


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Helping to save your riding areas

Dear Member

With the intense pre-election work out of the way it's been a relatively quiet month for your association.  But that may be about to change, with several projects likely to get traction under the new Government.

The upcoming Easter and Anzac Day holidays should be perfect for riding - just remember that the trails will be full of walkers, bikers, 4WDs and horses too!

Before you head out, check out the latest news from the RTRA ... 

New McGowan Ministry Looks Promising 

The new McGowan Ministry brings some good news for riders, with the Sport & Recreation Minister, Hon Mick Murray, a strong supporter of the State Trail Bike Strategy.

Minister Murray spoke at the RTRA's Off Road Motorcycle Industry Forum and is on record calling for the previous Liberal government to implement the strategy.

We met with Mr Murray and other now-Ministers late last year and will be seeking a meeting a soon as possible.

The new Minister for Local Government, Hon David Templeman, is also expected to be more proactive than his Liberal predecessors. He was sympathetic to our frustrations about the Off Road Vehicle Advisory Committee  when we met with him in December and pledged to look into this.

We haven't yet met the new Ministers for the Environment, Water & Forestry, or Transport, but with the support of other senior Party members including Deputy Leader, Roger Cook, we're quietly confident that some of the stalled projects we have been working on will finally get kickstarted into life.  

Metro Road Update

Delays caused by resourcing constraints within Parks and Wildlife have held up the master planning process for Metro Road.

The RTRA was advised that the draft plan is still under consideration by the Tracks and Trails unit, and the flora and fauna survey which is required to check the proposed alignments has not yet been completed.

We will continue to push for this project to be given a higher priority within the Department.                

Preventative Burning at Pinjar

Parks & Wildlife have advised that there will be prescribed burning of bushland to the west of the Pinjar Motorcycle Area between April and June.

The burning will not be within the Motorcycle Area, but there is the possibility of temporary closures due to smoke in the area.

We'll notify members via Facebook and email if a closure is scheduled, but riders are also advised to check the area status on the RTRA web site before planning a day at Pinjar.

The Confiscations have Started

We have received one report of a vehicle being confiscated under the State's draconian Confiscation of Vehicles Act.

The RTRA contacted Mundijong Police, and we were advised that the case involved a youth wearing no protection, riding a mini-bike on a road in Byford. He was stopped and his bike was confiscated. 

A followup call to the Vehicle Impoundment Service confirmed that there was no legal way the bike could be returned to the owner if the owner was the person riding it.

The RTRA does not condone riding unregistered vehicles on suburban roads, but this poorly drafted law could see the application of penalties totally out of proportion with the severity of the offence. In this case, based on an assumption of a $1,500 bike value, that's a $1,500 fine for riding on the road.

We caution riders of more expensive machinery that this law doesn't discriminate. If it's not road registered, you were riding it and it is confiscated, it's gone for good.

We will be taking this up with the new Government to seek amendments to the Act.

More Evidence of Health Benefits

Yes, yes, all riders know that trail bike riding is hard work, but sometimes it helps to get as fitness expert to agree.

An article in Health Fitness Revolution cites a leading fitness trainer praising dirt bike riding for its health benefits. The article mentions benefits in elevated heart rate, strength, endurance, balance, calorie burn, brain stimulation and the value of the outdoors. He could have also mentioned the social and psychological benefits of riding.

Keep this link handy in case you ever encounter the old "riding a trail bike is just sitting down" line..

Membership Auto-Renewal

If your RTRA membership falls due for renewal in April you will shortly receive a Renewal Invoice.

If the credit card you used last year is still valid and hasn’t expired you don’t need to take any action - your renewal will happen automatically. We’ll get in touch if you need to update your card details.

This is a new system (we announced it last year but it’s only now processing the auto-renewals) so we can't guarantee that there won't be the odd glitch.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Minimal Impact: Caring for Erosion Mounds

They may look like they exist just to make hills more interesting for riders, but those ripper little jumps found on steeper hills are there to prevent water running down the hill and creating ruts.

This is the time of year that land managers will be preparing tracks for the wet season. As riders, we can look after these mounds by not following a single line through them and by not being aggressive on the throttle as we hit them.

Help keep hills in good condition and you'll help keep hills for us all to enjoy.

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