IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
IMBA will celebrate its eleventh-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) on Saturday, October 4, 2014. This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for pedaling with kids!
We encorage all to get involved this year kids, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents — everyone can enjoy the great outdoors on a mountain bike.
What is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day?
TKMBD is an annual celebration held officially on the first Saturday of October. Events also happen on adjacent weekends. The event, developed and coordinated by IMBA, strives to encourage communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth. Over the years we've had tens of thousands of kids participate from across the globe, including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. Informal or formal, one child or 100 children, TKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt.
Besides being good, healthy fun, the goal is to develop a connection between kids and the natural world around them. Today's children are tomorrow's land managers and politicians — future decision-makers for important matters like recreation and access to public lands. How different might our current access landscape look today if previous generations of policy makers had grown up riding bikes on natural-surface trails?
How to Organize a TKMBD Event
It is really quite simple: plan a mountain bike ride with some kids moms! While TKMBD events are most often hosted by local IMBA chapters and affiliates, anyone can register an event. Here are some examples:
- Soccer-mom carpool? Load up the bikes and the kids in the minivan and hit your local open space trails.
- Military family? Take advantage of the free Annual Pass, which gives you free admission to BLM, NPS, and USFS sites.
- Community bike shop? Hang our press-ready "save the date" poster and put out a sign-up sheet, then introduce some youngsters to your local trails (and maybe sell some bikes to eager kids needing to upgrade).
- Boy/Girl Scout Troop? Grab the kids and explore — The North Face's Planet Explore has a great online resource, Explore Your Parks; check the 'bike' button first and type in your location.
- NICA High School Teams or MTB race team? TKMBD is a great opportunity for youth development and community outreach. Events can serve as a teachable moment about bike safety, trail etiquette and that there are established rules of the trail. Let's share the Spirit of Howdy (co-developed with NICA).
You can also download a press-ready PDF poster to help you promote your local event.
Not Looking to Organize Your Own Event?
No problem — find one near you on our interactive map (check back often as new events are added).
Win A Bike!
Thanks to our friends at Specialized, we will be giving away both a bike for mom and for child this year via our Facebook page, so stay tuned for more details! Be sure to upload your photos and share your stories.
Get IMBA's New Publication for Youth
With help from Shimano, IMBA now offers a 12-page full-color magazine titled IMBA Trail News Youth Edition. It's designed for young riders (ages 10-18) and organizers of youth events. Check it out online for free, or order 15 copies for just $5 from our online store. Registered TKMBD rides will receive complimentary copies while supplies last.
It's Not Just Us
IMBA is proud to support the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, as a partner in the Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK) coalition. We're especially pleased to see this video from the White House featuring kids on bikes. (Note: IMBA strongly encourages the use of helmets at all times while cycling.)
As you can see, there are many ways to participate. Events range from a few kids in a neighborhood to larger festival-style events in a community park, open space, singletrack system or at a bike park. Develop a grassroots event in your community, support the national outreach, contribute to event care packages, or join an existing event. Email events [at] imba [dot] com (Terry Breheny) for more information on how you can get involved.
IMBA's Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day supports the mission of:
Explore these resources to make your Take a Kid Mountain Bike Day event a success:
- Youth Edition of IMBA Trail News
- Taking Kids Mountain Biking
- Trips For Kids
- 10 Tips for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
- Ideas to Promote Your Local IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
- IMBA Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day Toolkit
- Children & Nature Network’s Nature Clubs
- Nature Rocks