In 2005 a group called WATARC (the WA Trailriders Access Rights Coalition) was formed to raise the profile of recreational trail bike riding, collate research information and contribute to various government studies.
Trail planning and land management has since started to consider trail bike riders as a forest and sporting user group. Legitimate usage rights to public land and forests that are no less valid than those of bushwalkers, mountain bike riders and other recreational users.
So was born the Recreational Trailbike Riders’ Association of WA.
But with a large existing user group, massive growth, increasing population as well as rapidly moving technology motorised transport requires a coordinated, resourced campaign and facilities to ensure that legitimate trail bike riding can maximise health and wellbeing, tourism and economic development outcomes.