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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. Created in 2004 and recognized by US Congress, TKMBD introduces the joy of mountain biking to the next generation. Hundreds of thousands of youth have discovered and celebrated the joy of pedaling two wheels on dirt at TKMBD events. Many have gone on to become passionate riders, volunteer trail advocates, and even high school mountain bike racers.

Riding with Kids

Get your group together, and pinpoint your bike park or trailhead.

The digital TKMBD Toolkit has information, email headers, photos, and social media assets for promotions, as well as printable name plates for participants.

The 2023 Toolkit

Young male rider flowing downhill around turn with adult female rider following.

All across the country, communities are feeling the synergy and symbiosis between IMBA and NICA. Local IMBA Chapter and Affiliate leaders are often NICA parents. NICA riders participating in Teen Trail Corps regularly show up to engage in trail work days and in community advocacy. The future of #MoreTrailsCloseToHome relies on #MoreKidsOnBikes, and NICA riders need sustainable, professionally designed trails for practice and competitive riding. Read more about the tenured partnership between IMBA and NICA, from the perspective of CEOs Kent McNeil and Amanda Carey.

NICA riders from Pennsylvania on inflatable couch, speaking into microphone.
Youth Advocacy

MTB Advocacy: Activating Trail Stewards of Tomorrow is a partnership between IMBA and NICA aimed at encouraging and empowering more young people to participate in local, regional, and even national advocacy. From relationship building, to speaking in front of city councils, to awareness campaigns, young mountain bikers belong in policy and access conversations, and have a lot to contribute.

Youth Advocacy
Family ride consisting of an adult female, and adult male riding with a baby, and two young mountain bikers on a gravel road.

TKMBD events can be hosted by almost anyone in any country. Participating groups include IMBA Local partners and affiliated mountain bike clubs, community organizations, scouting groups, youth programs, schools, and others. You can also celebrate by simply gathering family, friends, and coworkers and planning your own backyard ride. TKMBD events can range in size. Here are some ideas to help you make your day a success.

Plan an event

Share Your Story

Tag #TKMBD on social media to show off your ride!