This month's RTRA newsletter good news and a warning to our members: the Pilot Trail at Metro Road is no longer recommended for use and riders should re-think Metro Road as a riding destination due to increasing safety concerns. On a brighter note there is good news from Manjimup and Pinjar, and details of our always-popular AGM and Social Night.
Manjimup Council Approves Seed Funding for Trails Hub
The Manjimup Shire Council has adopted the Shire's budget for 2017/2018 which includes budget for seed funding allocated for the next phase of planning for the Manjimup Trail Bike Trail Hub.
The RTRA will need to work with the community to fund the remaining seed funding and more details will be released soon.
This is a ground breaking project for trail bike riding in WA and the Manjimup Council's continued commitment to the initiative is very encouraging.
Metro Road Pilot Trail No Longer Fit for Use
The RTRA can no longer recommend riding the 16km Pilot Trail at Metro Road.
It is majorly whooped out, and many of the directional signs have been destroyed by the recent DPaW controlled burn.
Over two years ago the RTRA provided DPaW with a plan to bypass some of the worst sections. but the plans were put on hold at DPaW's request in order to develop an overall plan for the area.
That plan has now stalled, and with no plan, no maintenance, and most importantly no apparent interest from DPaW's Hills District, Metro Road is fast becoming another Gnangara.
The most serious issue for trail bike riders is the increasing number of high powered side-by-sides now using this area. The consequences of a trail bike and a side by side colliding head-on on one of the fast open trails doesn't bear thinking about.
In the interests of its members and the trail bike riding community, the RTRA is compelled to warn against riding in this area. We will continue to advocate for the proper development of Metro Road as a regional trail bike riding facility and will keep members up to date with our progress. If you're as disappointed as we are, feel free to write to your local Member of Parliament.
Trail Riders First Aid Course - September 17
There are still a few places available for the RTRA's Trail Riders' First Aid course.
Date: Sunday 17 September
Time: 12 noon - 4pm
Venue: Overlander Adventure Equipment, Farrall Road Midvale
The 'Fast Aid for Motorcyclists' course will be presented by Janine Nicholas from Rider Down and will focus on providing the right education and skills to the types of injuries typically encountered by fallen motorcyclists.
Click here to book.
Pinjar Maintenance Morning
There is a maintenance morning planned for this Sunday September 10, commencing at 9am.
Pinjar relies on volunteers for light maintenance work and to keep the car parks and adjacent areas clean. If you or your kids ride at and enjoy Pinjar please come along and lend a hand.
Also by the time you read this the much-awaited toilets at Pinjar should be nearing completion. These facilities should help make a difference out there so we ask all riders and families to keep an eye on them, please take care of them and notify Parks and Wildlife if there is any damage.
Possible Pinjar Fire Closures - September to November
DPaW has advise that the controlled burns originally planned for May this year will now be conducted between September and November.
The burns won't directly impact the Pinjar Motorcycle Area, but there may be temporary closures on the day of or after the burn, subject to smoke and safety factors.
Check the status on the RTRA web site.
Ever thought of adopting a trail? The RTRA has obtained approval from Parks & Wildlife to sell trail sponsorships at the Pinjar Motorcycle Area to relevant businesses.
Naming rights sponsorship of the various trails includes a 95 x 205mm sign, your logo on the Pinjar Trails map, linked banner ad on the RTRA website, plus a statement on the RTRA website, Facebook page and E-newsletter.
Shoot us an email at email@example.com if you would like further details and pricing.
2017 AGM & Social Night
Put this date in your calendar - 6pm Wednesday October 25th for the RTRA's Social Night and AGM.
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.
There will 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
This is also your opportunity to give back to trail riding, help keep our trails open and nominate for the RTRA Committee or for the various sub-committees we have.
If you would like to put your name forward, or simply find out more contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org .
If your RTRA membership falls due for renewal this month 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.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Minimal Impact: Less Sound, More Ground
By far the most common complaint against trail bike riders is noise. And many of the complaints about environmental damage or trail conflict wouldn't happen but for the complainant getting annoyed about noisy bikes in the area.
Excessive or persistent noise is a valid complaint. Engine noise can intrude into the peace and tranquillity of the bush and negatively impact bush walkers and campers who are just seeking to enjoy the great Australian outdoors in their own way.
Disturbance of wildlife isn’t just giving animals a temporary fright. Noise can seriously disrupt feeding and breeding activities. Depending on the season and conditions, every minute of grazing time is important, as is the conservation of energy – energy shouldn’t have to be spent fleeing trail bikes.
Responsible trail riders understand this and run quiet exhausts, know when to roll off the throttle and avoid ripping around the same area for hours on end. As a wise man once said: "If a trail bike is in the forest, but nobody hears it, is it really there?"
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