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ABC News Story Gets it Wrong

25-Mar-2011

RTRA President, Steve Pretzel, was mis-quoted in a story that ran on ABC Radio and online this morning.

The RTRA issues the following clarification:

The ABC report states that:  "The State Trail Bike Strategy was developed in 2008 to address community concern over anti-social off road motorcycle riding."

RTRA says:  Anti-social off road motorcycle riding was only one of many issues addressed by the Strategy.  Others included the lack of safe, legal areas for riders and their families, the management of risk and liability and the need for better planning to better separate trail bike and other trails users and protect the environment.

The ABC report quoted Steve Pretzel as saying:  "There are a number of issues that we understand exist in the recreation of trail bike riding and as we as the riders can't solve those, we can't expect to have a sustainable future for the activity."

RTRA says: Steve Pretzel actually said:  "There are a number of issues that we understand exist in the recreation of trail bike riding and if we as the riders can't solve those, we can't expect to have a sustainable future for the activity."  This is an important distinction that properly reflects the acknowledgement of riders that they do have a role to play in helping to resolve the issues.  The State Trail Bike Strategy itself was initiated by the RTRA precisely for this purpose.

The ABC report says: "But Mr Pretzel says the Government has so far refused to fund any of the recommendations in the strategy."

RTRA says:  Steve Pretzel did not say this.  He simply said what was quoted in the following paragraph of the story, that we are still waiting for the Government to commit to the funding and implementation of the strategy.

Finally, in respect of the headline:  Trail bikers are not urging the Government to regulate.  We are urging the Government to adopt a comprehensive, well supported overall strategy.

... and the photo is of a motocross racer, not a trail rider!



 


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