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 RTRA eNewsletter
October 2017


Snakes everywhere!


RTRA AGM and Social Night - Oct 25

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Dear Member

October is always a busy month, both on and off the trails.  It's that last burst before the dust returns, and while everything is still looking green and fresh.

Before you mount up and head off again here's a quick update on what's been happening and what's coming up:

First Response featured at Fast Aid Course  

Last month saw the successful running of the ‘Fast Aid’ course for RTRA members. 15 riders congregated at Overlander Adventure Equipment to broaden their knowledge of first aid specifically in relation to motorcycle injuries.

The course was attended by several father and son combinations, family groups and ride buddies who learned about the vital first steps to take in the event of injuries in remote locations.

RTRA AGM and Social Night - October 25

Put this in your diary now - our annual AGM / Social Night at the Oxford Hotel, Leederville. Anyone who has attended one of these can tell you that the formalities are kept brief to give plenty of time for catching up and talking all things dirt.

This year we have a fascinating Mongolian ride report by Tadhg McCarthy, a presentation from the Dieback Working Group, and the latest on the Manjimup Trail Hub.

There will also be food, a cash bar, and plenty of prizes and surprises - and of course we'll bring you up to date with what the RTRA has achieved throughout the year and what we have planned for the future. The event is free for all current financial members - please register to attend.

Nominations for RTRA Committee

If you have ever wanted to get involved in the running of the RTRA, the AGM is also the time to nominate for the Committee.  

We are always on the lookout for energetic, passionate riders who want to ensure a riding future for ourselves, our kids and future generations.  Nomination forms will be emailed to all members soon.

Pinjar Access during Roadworks

The City of Wanneroo seems to think that school holidays is a great time to close Wesco Road, ignoring the inconvenience to all users of the Pinjar Motorcycle Area.

The Motorcycle Area is still open, but you will need to access it along Orchid Road from Wattle Ave East (the road up to Barbagallo Raceway).

Please drive carefully, and be aware that bikes often cross Orchid Road.  Wesco Road should be open again on October 6.

The RTRA will be writing to the City of Wanneroo to express our disappointment about the timing of these works.

Outdoors October

It's Outdoors October again.  A time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the great outdoors.  Of course as trail riders we are at our most active in Winter - but who needs an excuse to go for a ride?

This year, let's make sure that trail bikes are well represented in the Outdoors October social media.

Take a photo when you're out on your favourite trail and use #OutdoorsOctober or @OutdoorsOctober to tag your photo on Instagram and Facebook.

Make sure your photos make a good impression (no wheelies down the main street please!) and family style shots are the best.  There are even prizes to be won.   

... and the Snakes come out to Play

Spring is the time that snakes start coming out of hibernation, too.

In previous years there have been quite a few sightings at Pinjar, so parents are advised to keep small children away from any areas of long grass.

Out on the trail there are steps to be taken to avoid snakes as well.  We've compiled some tips on preventing snake bite - and what to do if a bite occurs.  Read more to keep your group safe.

Minimal Impact: The Hills are Alive...

With the weather finally expected to turn Spring-like, and all the promotion of Outdoors October, we can expect to see many more people out on the trails over the next few weeks.

Walkers, trail runners, horses, mountain bikes - they'll all be coming out of hibernation and hitting the trails.

So be careful out there, and courteous to other trail users.  Slow right down as you pass other trail users and don't get back on the gas until you're way past them.  And be prepared to encounter a group of seniors, families, horses, mountain bikes, 4WDs or assorted wildlife around every blind corner!

For a refresher course on horse etiquette on the trails see the Australian Horse Trail Riders' Associations Sharing the Trails suggestions.

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